World’s 2nd harbor-centric river now in dilapidated for pollution
Published: 04:27 PM, 2 April 2021 Updated: 04:27 PM, 2 April 2021
Shitalakshya River in a dilapidated state for pollution
Narayanganj, popularly known as ‘Dundee of the East’, is built centric on the Shitalakshya River. Due to low tide and erosion tendency, it was called the world’s 2nd harbor-centric calm river. But now with the construction of additional factories, the coolness of the river is being lost. The river environment has been disrupted due to pollution.
It is learned that the water of Shitalakshya was once used to make medicine. But now it is become unusable due to pollution, as a result, as soon as this water enters the body, itching occurs first and then sores. Although the navigability is the same as before, the river’s depth is losing its flow day by day.
The role of Shitalakshya has been very important since ancient times. Settlements and factories started on both the banks of this river since the time of the British regime. Since then, this Shitalakshya River has been one of the means of communication.
Adamjee Jute Mills, the largest jute mill in Narayanganj, famous for its jute industry, is located on the banks of the Shitalakshya River. The port of Narayanganj is built around this river. Besides, three thermal powerplants in the Noth Polash area of Ghorashal in Narsingdi are on the banks of this river.
Besides, famous muslin cloth and jamdani saree were made on the banks of this river. As it was clean and transparent, the water of Shitalakshya was also used in daily work at that time. However, factories sprang up on both sides of the river gradually.
Water is polluted due to the dumping of factory waste in the river. Besides, numerous illegal establishments have sprung up on the banks of the river. As a result, Shitalakshya loses its beauty day by day.
The Shitalakshya river has lost its natural beauty due to the occupation of both sides. There are no fish here like before due to pollution. For this, fishermen are not seen in the Shitalakshya river.
Abdul Hamid, a trader at Narayanganj port, said the Shitalakshya River was once the main center of trade. Many traders have moved out of the area due to pollution. In order to retain the beauty of the river, effective steps need to be taken to bring back the previous environment.