The Anti-Corruption Commission on Tuesday asked the Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority and the deputy commissioner of Dhaka district about the status of canals in the capital.
In two separate letters, ACC director general Sayeed Mahbub Khan asked the DWASA managing director and Dhaka’s deputy commissioner to send a report to the commission with detailed information on the number of canals in city now in the authorities’ possession and how many of those still remain occupied.
In the letter, the commission asked the authorities to provide information about the individuals and organisations those were occupying the canals.
It said that the commission was informed that most of canals in the city were occupied and some were filled up by wastes for poor maintenance.
He said that commission in a recent meeting decided to review the activities of DWASA and Dhaka deputy commissioner’s office for re-excavating the canals in the capital.
Sources in the office of Dhaka deputy commissioner said there were at least 54 canals in Dhaka though the figure varies as per other sources.
The Institute of Water Modelling listed 50 canals in the city including Abdullahpur Khal, Baishteki Khal, Baunia Khal, Begun Bari Khal, Boalia Khal, Dakkhingaon-Nandipara Khal, Dhanmondi Khal, Dholai Khal (part-1), Dholai Khal (part-2), Dumni Khal, Gopibagh Khal, Hazaribagh Khal, Ibrahimpur Khal, Kalyanpur Main Khal, Kalyanpur Ka Khal, Kalyanpur Kha Khal, Kalyanpur Gha Khal, Kalyanpur Uma Khal, Kalyanpur Cha Khal, Khilgaon-Basabo Khal, Manda Khal, Kalsi Khal, Kamrangir Char Khal, Katasur Khal, Nandipara-Trimohani Khal, Mohakhali Khal, Shahjadpur Khal, Paribag Khal, Shajahanpur Khal, Ramchandrapur Khal, Segunbagicha- Arambagh Khal, Rayerbazar Khal, Segunbagicha Khal, Sangbadik Colony Khal and Rupnagar Khal.
Dhaka deputy commissioner’s office is the custodian of all the canals although Dhaka WASA maintains 26 canals important for drainage network and Bangladesh Water Development Board maintain 11 canals important for Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra embankment.
In last month, in a written statement Dhaka WASA managing director Taqsem A Khan told New Age that Dhaka WASA has completed a massive preparation to keep Dhaka free from waterlogging this year.
He claimed that the government agency re-excavated 20 kilometres of 15 canals including Ramchandrapur Khal, Rupnagar Khal, Baunia Khal, Deb-Dhulai Khal, Segunbagicha Khal, Manda Khal, Sutibhola Khal, Dholai Khal, Kalyanpur Main Khal and Kalyanpur Kha Khal, Shahjadpur Khal, and Khilgaon Khal.
Besides the re-excavation, floating wastes from 19.84 kilometres of the canals were cleaned at 20 points to ensure uninterrupted flow of water.
Another 300-kilometre storm water drain at different areas of the capital was also cleaned for uninterrupted water flow while some other drains repaired, he said.
The agency also set up four permanent pumping stations and repaired 19 others for ensure better services.
A statistics supplied to New Age showed that the Dhaka WASA has spent more than Tk 60 crore this year for managing rainwater during the monsoon.
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