Water Stagnation in Dhaka

River commission blames grabbing of water bodies

Ershad Kamol | Published: 01:21, Aug 11,2020


The capital is facing serious waterlogging problem for illegal occupancy of Dhaka river lands and water bodies, observed National River Conservation Commission chairman Muzibur Rahman Howlader on Monday.

After visiting different waterlogged areas in the capital, Howlader told New Age that Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority and Water Development Board could not bail or pump out the water that remains stagnant in those areas for weeks.

‘It has happened for filling up and grabbing of the rivers and their floodplain areas, canals, ponds and other water bodies in the name of development,’ he said.

‘Eviction of the grabbers in and around the capital will not yield expected results unless the capacity of flashing out of the flood water will not be increased,’ he added.

Flashing out capacity of Dhaka rivers will not increase unless the grabbers were evicted immediately, he said.

‘We have already handed over a list of grabbers of the Meghna, Padma and other major rivers to different agencies and recommended their immediate eviction,’ he said.

Floodplains of the rivers should also be protected, he said.

People living in the Shekhdi, Dholairpar, Dhalpur, Manda, Mugda, Basabo, Madartek, Badda and Bansree complained about sewerage line problems and lack of proper drainage system.

They said that situation deteriorated after wetlands, ponds and canals had been filled up by rain water.

Local government and rural development minister Md Tajul Islam on Monday said that the government was concerned about the prolonged flood and waterlogging issues.

Tajul, also the convenor of the government formed river saving task force, said that the government was working to evict grabbers of the rivers, canals and water bodies following a master plan.

Dhaka south city mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh on Monday said that the corporation took a separate master plan for restoring canals, lakes and ponds in his areas.

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