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The river Buriganga is the life-line of Dhaka. Not only for maintaining the level of groundwater at its basin, it plays direct role in supplying of fresh water to the city dewellers. From the water treatment plant of Dhaka WASA at Chadnighat, the city dwellers get fresh drinking water. Due to the scarcity of water in the river Buriganga and the higher level of pollution to this river, this has become impossible to meet the actual demand for drinking water. For last few years, Dhaka WASA has been meeting the demand extracting groundwater through more than 75 pumps. That further aggravated the situation as apx. 80% of groundwater has been pumped meanwhile. So, saving the river Buriganga is a must to ensure fresh drinking water to the Dhaka City dwellers.
On the other hand, the scarcity of urban utilities like parks and greenery in Dhaka City has revealed alarming. Due to unplanned urbanization, the city dwellers have very few opportunities to go and meet the recreational demand. Particularly the people of old part of the city at the bank of the Buriganga have no free open space to go and having fresh breath in fact. But Buriganga River was the face of Dhaka city during the formation of this city. Ahsan manjeel, Lal bag kella, Choto Katra and Boro katra and many other old historical establishments show us the truth.
If the river Buriganga can be saved and the riverbank gets green as per the plan of the government, it will be the unique place for more than 20 million people of Dhaka.
Buriganga Riverkeeper will patrol entire city part of the river which is in fact the whole river. It will collect data and public the facts putting pressure to the concerned authorities.
There will be a patrol boat for Buriganga Riverkeeper. There will be threat to the boat and the riverkeeper himself from the illegal encroachers and polluters. The corrupted part of the administration will also be involved in conspiracy against the program.
It will develop the implementation status of the restoration efforts. It will guide the policymakers to adopt proper policy and measures to protect pollution and encroachment. It will aware Buriganga Community about their responsibility towards the river.
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