Hundreds of people on Sunday gathered on the bank of Kulik river at Raiganj. The motto of all the people was to save the river from pollution. A section of people are carrying out the awareness drives on the need to keep the river free from pollution and what the factors are that are polluting the water.
The depth of the river is also decreasing due to a section of businessmen. Thus, the people had gathered on the river bank on the World Environment Day to take up the issue with the administration seeking their intervention to save the river from getting polluted.
Some fish traders have chosen the bank of the river to dump garbage that includes a huge quantity of thermocols. This has been taking place for the past few decades. The dumped garbage is settling down on the river bed and as a result the normal flow of the river is getting affected.
A place where thousands of birds migrate during winter is situated just on the river bank. The pollution is also causing harm to the serene place. It is leading to the scarcity of food for birds and the pollution of the environment is also a cause in the drop in number of migratory birds compared that of the previous years.
Members of Himalayan Mountaineers and Trekking Associations also played a major role in organising the awareness campaign. Meanwhile, the unique initiative of the Indian Coast Guard in organising a “pollution response seminar” at Haldia has started yielding its result on the World Environment Day as representatives of various organisations who had attended the seminar on Sunday took up a resolution to keep the water bodies free from pollution.