Encroachment poses environmental threat to Demra canal

Abdus Salam | Update:

Dhaka's DND (Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra) canal is threatened by continuous encroachment.


The canal is a natural habitat of various birds. The trees on either side of the canal were a sanctuary for birds and for animals too.
The photo was taken on 3 July by Abdus Salam

During the monsoons, the canal's rising water level causes floods in the area. People are crossing the canal on bamboo bridges.


Structures have been erected on the illegally acquired land. At several points garbage is used to fill the canal. Later buildings will be constructed on the landfill.
The photo was taken on 3 July by Abdus Salam

Garbage thrown into the canal will gradually fill the waterbody. Gradually structures will arise on the landfill.

 

The filled-up canal has caused waterlogging in Demra. Polluted water has submerged roads and alleys, making life miserable. The stench of water is a health hazard.
The photo was taken on 3 July by Abdus Salam

The reflection of the tree is the water is so calm and serene, but the water is not fresh. It is polluted, darkened and smelly.

 

Land grabbing and pollution has threatened animal life too.
The photo was taken on 3 July by Abdus SalamThe dog cannot leave the house due to waterlogging.

 

Birds have lost their natural habitat and there is food scarcity too.
The photo was taken on 3 July by Abdus SalamThere is no canal, no water. The stork seeks food in the garbage that has replaced its natural habitat.

 

The ecosystem is disrupted by manmade interventions and the trees are dying. The animals dependent on the trees are at risk of extinction.
The photo was taken on 3 July by Abdus Salam

The trees by the canal are dead. Birds have lost their natural resort. A myna perched on a branch of a near-dead tree.

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