Noted ecologist Dhrubajyoti Ghosh passes away
Kolkata: Noted ecologist Dhrubajyoti Ghosh died at a private hospital in the city on Friday morning, after a brief period of illness. He was in his mid 70s and is survived by his son and daughter-in-law.
Ghosh, a UN Global 500 laureate and the first Indian recipient of the prestigious Lue Hoffmann award, was suffering from chest-related ailments for the past few months.
He had joined the state government as a sanitation engineer and later became an ecologist.
He introduced East Kolkata Wetland to the world and people came to know about the unique natural sewerage management system, which was later declared as a Ramsar site.
The British did not set up a sewage treatment plant in Kolkata, as it had a natural sewerage management system.
The sewer water is carried to East Kolkata Wetland by storm weather flow channel and dry weather flow channel of Kolkata Municipal Corporation. The sewage is treated naturally and it serves as food for the fishes.
Ghosh had strongly opposed the encroachment of East Kolkata Wetland by some builders in the 1990s. He retired as the state's Chief Environment Officer.
He had penned several books on wetlands. His articles on wetland management have been published in many English national dailies and vernacular dailies.