Tk 60b projects to rid Ctg city of water-logging

Dhaka,  Wed,  26 July 2017
Published : 16 Jul 2017, 14:18:15 | Updated : 16 Jul 2017, 14:18:45
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Tk 60 billion projects to rid Ctg city of water-logging

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Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain said projects costing Tk 60.0 billion have been undertaken to address the port city's water-logging problem permanently.

"The people of Chittagong are suffering a lot for water-logging problem and the government has undertaken massive projects worth Tk 60.00 billion for a permanent solution to the problem," Engineer Mosharraf Hossain said.

He said the projects will be implemented in line with advice of the experts concerned.

Under the project, a river drive will be constructed with sluice gates and pump houses in the mouths of the canals that fall in the Karnaphuli River.

The projects will shortly be sent to the meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) for approval at the special initiative of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The projects will ensure that the people of Chittagong will not suffer any more from water-logging, the Awami League presidium member and senior minister said.

He said this at a view-exchange meeting with members of the media at Chittagong Press Club on Friday evening. Chittagong Press Club organised the meeting with the senior member of the cabinet.

The view exchange meeting was presided over by Kalim Sarwar, president of the club and moderated by general secretary Suklal Das.

President of Awami League Chittagong north district Nurul Alam, chairman of Chittagong District Council Abdus Salam, CUJ president Reaz Hyder Chowdhury, president of Chittagong Journalists Housing Society Swapan Mallick, BFUJ vice president Shahid ul Alam, joint secretary general Tapan Chakraborty, senior vice president of Chittagong Press Club Kazi Abul Mansur, joint secretary Chowdhury Farid and finance secretary Devdulal Bhoumik also spoke on the occasion.

Regarding building of aesthetic Chittagong, he said coordination among government development agencies including Chittagong City Corporation, Chittagong Development Authority and Chittagong WASA is a must while citizens of the city will have to cooperate with these agencies.

"The problem is that we do not follow the plans we make. There is a rule that you must leave five feet space beside your house while building it. But nobody cares about it," he said.

He also emphasised that the residential areas should be kept residential and no commercial structures should be allowed there. The government has attached importance to this issue but businesses are not following this.

The Chittagong Development Authority and other government organisations have their own authorised officers but these people don't see irregularities and keep their eyes closed on them. Such irregularities are also noticed in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country.

The minister said the historic Muslim Hall and Chittagong Central Shahid Minar will be renovated with addition of modern complex while Almas and Dinar cinema halls vested with the Freedom Fighters Welfare Trust would be made Cineplex.

The DC Hill of Chittagong is losing its beauty due to its indiscriminate use. The DC Hill will be beautified with all necessary facilities for cultural activities only on the occasion of Pahela Boishakh, Rabindra Jayanti and Nazrul Jayanti, he said.

The minister also announced bank loan at 8.0 per cent interest for the housing facility-deprived journalists of Chittagong which will be used for having flats to be constructed for them in the port city.

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