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Ensuring round the year river water-flow stressed

RANGPUR, Riverside people and activists of Begum

Rokeya University unit of the Riverine People at a discussion today stressed

on ensuring round the year water-flow in the common international rivers.

They came up with the importance at a gathering, organised by the Riverine

People surrounding a boat on the dried-up Teesta riverbed in Kawnia upazila

of the district in observance of the International Day of Action for Rivers-

2020.

Director of the Riverine People and Associate Professor of the Department

of Bengali of Begum Rokeya University Dr Tuhin Wadud presided over the

meeting , participated by Riverine People activists, fishermen, farmers and

common people.

Moderated by Organiser Sanjoy Chowdhury of the Riverine People, its

activists and students of the university Hridi Orjoyeeta, Rawshan Habib,

Shuvo Sutradhar, fisherman Farid Mian and boatman Sultan Ali , among others

spoke on the occasion.

The speakers said the riverside people and the governments concerned should

become more conscientious in saving the common international rivers,

including the Teesta, and freeing those from pollution.

They put special emphasis on keeping the rivers alive and pollution-free

round the year terming the rivers as the national lifelines for economy,

ecology, environment, bio-diversity and heritage.

Local boatman Sultan Ali said plying of boats and carrying of goods by the

river-route have been stopped on the Teesta for lack of water flow.

Farmer Ayanal Haque said the riverside people want water in the Teesta for

their normal living, agricultural activities and livelihoods.

Dr Tuhin Wadud stressed on engaging comprehensive bilateral, regional and

international efforts in protecting and restoring all rivers and ensuring

better river management to keep those alive.

“Being the next-door neighbouring friendly countries, India and Bangladesh

can jointly work to maintain navigability and water flow in the common

international rivers, including Teesta, round the year to save the dying

rivers,” he hoped.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)