Commuters’ woes mount on city water-logging

Dhaka,  Thu,  21 September 2017
Published : 13 Jul 2017, 00:51:07
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Commuters’ woes mount on city water-logging

FE Report

Serious water-logging on different city roads, due to rainfall, continued to play havoc with transports on Wednesday, thus causing untold sufferings to thousands of city-dwellers and disrupting normal life.

Vehicles could not move in many areas because of water. Many roads were seen flooded with knee-deep water.

Commuters, especially office and school-goers, suffered in traffic jams caused by water-logging. On the other hand, many spent hours after hours waiting to get transports.

Some of them complained that rickshaws and CNG-run auto-rickshaws, taking advantage of the situation,  charged extremely high fares citing excuse of traffic jam and water-logging.

Ripon, an employee of a private company, said he gave Tk 10 to a rickshaw-puller only to help him cross a few yards of the flooded road in front of his house.

"Every day, I just do it as after a moderate rainfall, the road goes under knee-deep water."

 Mr Ripon lives at his own flat adjacent to Bashundhara City at the Garden Road. "I also face the same problem at Raja Bazar area," he said.

"It took me several hours to reach Gulistan from Mirpur 12," said Pervez, who owns a business firm. He said water-logging caused traffic jam in entire Mirpur area.

"I started from my house at 7.30 am and reached Gulistan at 1.30 pm," he said.

But surprisingly, water-logging has been reduced to some extent at Shantinagar area in this rainy season. This area usually remains flooded with water in rainy days.

 Nahar, an inhabitant of Shantinagar area, said they are not facing water-logging problem this year unlike previous years. "We have got some relief from rain water this time as the City Corporation developed infrastructures before rainy season in this area," she added.     

When contacted, officials of the City Corporations and the Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (DWASA) blamed each other over such a situation.

They observed there is a lack of coordination among the relevant departments to relieve the capital of water-logging.

An official of the Dhaka WASA gave different reasons including inadequate number of exit channels of rainwater and improper waste management system behind the water-logging problem.

 The DWASA, two City Corporations, the Water Development Board, the district administration and some other departments are all involved in monitoring surface and underground drains, culverts, canals and pump houses.

But there is no coordination among the authorities. For this reason, the situation has now become critical, he said.

The Met Office recorded 66 milimetre (mm) rainfall in Dhaka while 115mm in Rajshahi , 17 mm in Sylhet and 3.00 mm in Rangpur in the last 24 hours till 7.00 pm Wednesday.

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