Waterlogging won’t go away completely if encroachment doesn’t stop: Mayor Tapas

Mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Sheikh Fazle Noor Tapas commented that if the invasion is not stopped, the waterlogging in the city will not go completely.

He said that there is no alternative to restore the canals and keep them free of encroachment for a long time if the waterlogging of Dhaka city is to be completely resolved.

He made this comment in a dialogue organized by Bangladesh Institute of Planners (BIP) on Saturday (July 6). Dhaka Utility Reporters Association (Dura) organized this dialogue on the role of canal restoration in de-watering and creating an aesthetic environment in Dhaka.

DSCC Mayor said that it was a good decision to hand over the responsibility of Dhaka’s water drainage to the City Corporation. It made working easier. And within three and a half years of assuming responsibility, I have taken several initiatives. This has reduced the waterlogging of the South City Corporation area by 70 percent. Work is underway to eliminate the remaining thirty percent.

Sheikh Fazle Noor Tapas said that in 2021, 161 places in the DSCC area have been identified and 136 places have been cleared of waterlogging. 50 new places have been identified. He said that among the 11 canals from Wasa, Jirani, Manda, Shyampur and Kalungar canals are important. A project on the canals has already been approved.

Stating that the DSCC did not understand the canals of the Water Development Board, Mayor Tapas said that we did not get the canals of the Water Development Board due to various projects. However, if we get the canals of the Water Development Board, we will take the action plan with all the canals and reservoirs.

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In the dialogue, General Secretary of Jatiya Press Club Shyamal Dutta said that Dhaka is a city where 14 organizations work. Each organization claims to be independent, not accountable for its actions. If the city corporation makes the road today, the WASA will cut the road again tomorrow. What is the use of creating an aesthetic environment in this situation? There is no alternative to sustainable development.

President of Bangladesh Institute of Planners, under the chairmanship of Dura president Obaidur Masum and general secretary Shahjahan Mollah. Adil Muhammad Khan presented the keynote.