CCC seeks Tk 30b for ongoing dev projects, road repair

Dhaka,  Mon,  25 September 2017
Published : 08 Jul 2017, 22:33:16
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CCC seeks Tk 30b for ongoing dev projects, road repair

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CHITTAGONG, July 08: The Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) has sought Tk 30.0 billion from the government for completion of the ongoing development projects and for repairing the city roads damaged by the recent heavy rains.

Mayor of Chittagong City Corporation AJM Nasir Uddin wrote a letter to Finance Minister AMA Muhith for allocation of Tk 25 billion (Tk 2,500 crore) for completing different development projects.

The letter was sent on July 03, officials at the CCC said.

The Mayor wrote another letter to the Minister for LGRD (local government and rural development) Khondakar Mosharraf Hossain for allocation of Tk 5.0 billion (Tk 500 crore) for repairing the roads on an urgent basis.

The Mayor, in his letter to the LGRD Ministry said 15 major roads have been damaged creating hundreds of potholes after recession of flood water.

The extent of damage to the roads in terms of money was estimated at Tk 5.0 billion.

Mr AJM Nasir, in his meeting with senior officials and department heads of the CCC on Friday, had detailed discussions on quick implementation of the development projects and road repairing on a priority basis as the commuters are suffering a lot.

He also told the officials that the CCC would strictly adhere to the government circular which emphasised on coordination of the port city's development schemes taken by other government agencies and service providers with the Chittagong City Corporation.

A statement of the CCC said elaborate discussions were held on the schemes undertaken by the Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) for solving the water-logging problem in the city at an estimated cost of Tk 57.0 billion.

The city mayor directed the concerned CCC officials to carefully scrutinise the projects submitted by the CDA for addressing the water- logging problem so that projects of the CDA and other government organisations do not clash with those of the City Corporation.

Meanwhile, Chittagong divisional and city units of the Consumers' Association of Bangladesh have deplored negligence and lack of coordination among different government agencies in the port city.

In a statement, the CAB Chittagong divisional unit said the commercial capital and country's second largest city remains sub

merged for days together in less-than-medium rainfall because of the failure of CCC, CDA, CWASA, WDB (Water Development Board), Chittagong Port Authority and the district administration.

When the people are suffering, these organisations fail to stand by the distressed due to lack of coordination. The city mayor too is trying to ignore his responsibility by stating that the solution to the water-logging problem is not solely the CCC's responsibility, the statement said.

The CAB leaders urged the concerned authorities to take immediate steps to re-excavate Chaktai Canal, Moheshkhal Canal and Mirzakhal Canal and the adjacent drains and set up sluice gates on the Moheshkhal by reclaiming them from the influential persons. These will partly solve the water-logging problem.

President and general secretary of the divisional committee SM Nazer Hossain and Kazi Iqbal Bahar Sabery respectively and president and general secretary of the city unit Jesmin Sultan Paru and Ajoy Mitra Shanku respectively signed the statement.

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