A portion of Beltola Surface Water Treatment Plant, currently under-construction, has been eroded by River Kirtankhola in the Barisal city.
Authorities said any delay in implanting preventive measures would jeopardise the whole plan which was devised to facilitate pure water supply to the city people.
Kirtonkhola has already eroded guide wall, walkway, first water reserving tank, major parts of laboratory building and pump house of Beltala Surface Water Treatment Plant
Barisal City Corporation’s water supply department executive engineer Omar Faruq told New Age on Sunday that the erosion had also damaged main pipeline, switch-bulb, inner roads and drains of BSWTP.
He said BCC informed the Local Government and Rural Development Ministry about the situation and later the ministry formed a six-member evaluation committee led by joint secretary of urban planning department-1.
‘The Committee asked us to take over BSWTP project as per contract with the Department of Public Health Engineering,’ Faruq said.
Public Health Department planned construction of two surface water treatment plants in the city in 2009-2010 fiscal and started Beltala plant construction at the cost of Tk 27 crore and Rupatali plant at Tk 24 crore with total capacity of supplying 3.6 lakh litres of drinking water to the city people.
Rupatali plant started trial operation in April this year after six years of construction, but Beltala plant failed to star operation for many reasons.
Trial operation and handover of the plants were delayed due to lack of electricity supply.
As Tk 30 crore arrear electricity supply bill of Barisal City Corporation (BCC) remained unrealised, West Zone Power Distribution Company denied supplying power to the plants, delaying their commissioning, said Omar Faruq.
WZPDCO provided power connections to the plants by mid of this year after the intervention of district administration and receiving Tk one crore as first instalment of the arrear bill.
Syed Abu Naser, executive engineer of water development board, said on Sunday that they formulated a special project at the cost of Tk 331 crore to control Kirtankhola River erosion.
He said protection embankment stretching about 4.5 km long areas from BSWTP to Charbaia area would be developed by Bangladesh Navy.
The construction would be started in October, said Omar Faruq.
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