City again sees rainfall, waterlogging

Dhaka,  Thu,  17 August 2017
Published : 02 Aug 2017, 00:51:12
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City again sees rainfall, waterlogging

Body to coordinate among city corpns, WASAs
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A spell of downpour again caused waterlogging in different parts of the capital on Tuesday evening. As a result, commuters and pedestrians, especially the working people, faced immense sufferings while returning to their homes.

The roads and lanes in various low-lying areas, like - Motijheel, Arambag, Fakirapool, Paltan, Baitul Mukarram, Malibag and Shantinagar etc, were flooded with water following just an hour of downpour.

Some of the areas were submerged with knee-deep water. People spent hours after hours on the roads, as vehicles remained stranded due to gridlock.

Business activities of the footpath shops came to a halt following the sudden rainfall. Many makeshift traders were seen trying to somehow save their goods from rainwater in Baitul Mukarram area.

Chumki, a resident of Kamalapur, said she spent more than one hour to reach Nayapaltan from there, as gridlock gripped the roads in the adjacent areas.

"I felt completely helpless, as rainwater flooded the entire Motijheel area."

She added that she cannot see any hope to get relief from such sufferings in the coming days also.

Most of the people said they struggled hard to get into vehicles for lack of public transports. Some of them were forced to spend extra fares, as rickshaws and compressed natural gas (CNG)-run auto-rickshaws refused to go at regular fares due to traffic jam and water-logging.

"It was very difficult for me to manage a transport," said Milon, a banker who was returning home from Arambag.     

"Rainwater entered into my house," said Ramisa, a resident of Shantinagar area.

Although the city corporation has developed some infrastructure before this rainy season, residents of the area are still facing water-logging as usual like the previous years, she added.

Met Office in its forecast updated that the rainfall may increase in the next three days.

A UNB report adds: a high-level committee has been formed to bring coordination among Dhaka North and South, Chittagong and Narayanganj city corporations as well as Water and Sewerage Authorities (WASAs) to remove water-logging from the four city areas.

Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain came up with the information while talking to reporters after a meeting at Bangladesh Secretariat on Tuesday.

The committee is headed by Additional Secretary (Water Supply) of LGRD Division Nasrin Akter. Its other members are Additional Secretary (Dev) Mahbub Hossain, managing directors of Dhaka WASA and Chittagong WASA, and chief executive officers of the four city corporations.

The committee's main work will be to find ways to make the laws of the city corporations and WASAs time-befitting ones. The committee has been asked to come up with its suggestions within a month, said the minister.

He added that it is the responsibility of the city corporations to ensure that communications, water and drainage management system under their areas are time-befitting, urging all to refrain from resorting to blame-game over the issue.

Besides, the meeting directed the WASA MDs to examine the present condition of box culverts and drainage system in the four city corporations, and submit reports to the ministry in this regard.

Mr Mosharraf also directed the WASA MDs to identify the occupied canals and reclaim those to maintain the natural flow of water.

He asked the authorities concerned to run mobile court drives to stop dumping of solid waste and polythene from mobile shops into drains.

Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sayeed Khokon, Chittagong City Corporation Mayor A J M Nasir Uddin, Narayanganj City Corporation Mayor Selina Hayat Ivy, and MDs of Dhaka WASA and Chittagong WASA were, among others, present at the meeting.

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