Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan on Wednesday said the government will show zero tolerance to river encroachers and polluters like militants and drug traders.
“The government in no way will spare those involved in encroaching and polluting rivers,” he told a discussion.
Nongar, an environmental organisation working on protecting rivers, arranged the programme on board a ship, Sandhani, in the Buriganga River in the capital, reports BSS.
At the discussion, Nongar demanded the government declare May 23 as the national ‘Maritime Security Day’.
The minister said steps have been taken to remove all the illegal structures from riverbanks to protect the environment and biodiversity.
He said government has been observing ‘Maritime Security Week’ since 2009 to create awareness among people to check accidents on waterways.
Shajahan Khan said accidents in rivers have declined significantly due to the growing awareness among the owners, workers and passengers of ships and launches.
He also said the country did not experience any major launch capsize incident over the last three years.