The contemporary polluted water of the Buriganga River has been a major challenge for Dhaka's health and hygiene. Once the lifeline of the Bangladeshi capital, the river is now one of the most polluted rivers in Bangladesh due to rampant dumping of industrial and human waste. However, water quality saw an improvement in 2016-17, due to the government compelling tanneries along the river to relocate to other areas.
It’s strange how after a while one can casually walk, take pictures and eat your sandwiches on something like dunghill without noticing the thick carpet of garbage underfoot - and all this in the central part of a major city. There are some concrete paths - sans garbage – that lead to the main port where only the major vessels tie up, However, the bulk of smaller boats and ships pull up directly onto the muddy river bank, surrounded by a sea of thick garbage.