Transparency International Bangladesh on Sunday alleged that all the institutions, including Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority and two city corporations in the capital had failed to eliminate waterlogging for lack of coordination in drainage management, waste management and rainwater drainage.
TIB made the allegation in a statement and said that Dhaka WASA, city corporations and Water Development Board separately manage the drainage system and their lack of coordination, undue competition and culture of trading blames had worsened the waterlogging problem in the city.
The statement said that the city corporations should be given the responsibility of drainage management.
TIB executive director Iftekharuzaman, referring to law, said that the responsibility of constructing and maintaining city’s main drainage lines were bestowed upon WASA and that of branch drainage lines were given to the city corporations.
Using the loopholes in the law, the institutions try to avoid their responsibilities by trading blames and as result people’s sufferings only multiply every year, he said.
He said that WASA, in its report, claimed that 20 canals, out of 26 under their jurisdiction, are active but Katasur Canal, which WASA claims active, was found inactive in TIB research.
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