Project officials in a monitoring committee meeting on Sunday said that the mega project to address water-stagnation would not be successful if related projects did not get approval and were not finished in time.
Chittagong Development Authority organised the meeting titled ‘canal re-excavation, extension, renovation and development to solve water-stagnation in Chittagong city’ at CDA conference room.
Bangladesh Army 34 Engineering Construction Brigade’s director general Brigadier General Rezaul Mozid said that the problem takes a severe shape when tidal surge and precipitation happen together.
He stressed coordination among all concerned agencies to address the crisis. ‘We would not get total output from this mega project if the related projects did not get approval and were completed on time.’
He said that three organisations such as Bangladesh Water Development Board, CDA and Bangladesh Army were setting up tidal regulators under this project.
A total of 40 tidal regulators would be set up, he informed.
Among the regulators, five would be set up by BD Army, 12 by CDA and 23 by BWDB.
This project would be successful when the all regulators would be set up on time, said Rezaul.
CDA with the help of Bangladesh Army, Chittagong Water Development Board, Chittagong City Corporation, Chittagong Port Authority they would implement the project titled, ‘Canal re-excavation, extension, renovation and development to solve water-logging in Chittagong city’ at a cost of Tk 5,616 crore.
On March 6, the government allocated Tk 500 crore for the fiscal year 2017-2018 for the project’s implementation.
Expressing his satisfaction on the ongoing activities of the project, the monitoring committee chairman, housing and public works minister Mosharraf Hossain, hoped the problem would be solved in two or three years.
Chittagong Development Authority chairman Abdus Salam said that one per cent work of the project was done. ‘We would also initiate awareness project to change the citizens’ attitude or mind-set.’
Additional police commissioner Amena Begum described the sufferings of the residents of Halishahar, Agrabad and CDA area of Chittagong.
She said that ultimate outputs also depended on the citizens.
The mega project include re-excavation of 57 canals within the city areas, construction of 12 sluice gates and pump house on the estuary of six canals, construction of six culverts, procurement of necessary equipment and many more.
Chittagong Power Development Board chief engineer Prabir Kumar Sen, CCC superintending engineer Rafiqul Islam, Chittagong WASA superintending engineer Ariful Islam and CDA superintending engineer Hasan Bin Shams were also present.
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