City people suffering from water crisis: mayor Khokon

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:12, Sep 05,2018

 
 

Dhaka South City mayor Sayeed Khokon attends the launch of a workshop under slum-based citizen action network project at CIRDAP auditorium in Dhaka on Tuesday. — New Age photo

Dhaka South city mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon has said that city dwellers are suffering from water crisis as the Dhaka WASA has failed to meet their basic need.
The mayor said that he got complaints from residents of different areas of the capital that they were not getting sufficient water supply and in some areas the supplied water was dirty and unusable.
The mayor addressed the issue while speaking at the launching programme of Slum-based Citizen Action Network project, held at CIRDAP auditorium on Tuesday.
While addressing the programme as chief guest, the mayor asked the authorities concerned of Dhaka WASA to ensure sufficient water supply for all.
SCAN project was designed to ensure safe water, healthy sanitation and waste management facilities for 60,000 people, living in 10 slums under eight wards of Dhaka South City Corporation and Dhaka North City Corporation, the organisers said.
Resource Integration Centre and Solidarities International will jointly implement the European Union funded project for a 42-month period started from January 2018.
Officials concerned, quoting World Bank study, said that at least 35 lakhs people were living in slums in the capital.
Of them, more than 11.5 per cent people do not have sanitation facilities and around 14.29 per cent people do not get waste management facilities.
Dhaka North city panel mayor Jamal Mostafa said that he had been working to ensure better living condition for the residents of his area; but could not be entirely successful either for shortage of resources or for lack of awareness.
EU delegation to Bangladesh for food and nutrition and sustainable development section team leader Fernholz Manfred, RIC executive director Abul Haseeb Khan, and chief coordinator of SCAN project SMA Muyeed, addressed the programme, among
others.

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