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LGRD minister: more water buses on Dhaka lakes and canals soon

  • Published at 11:37 pm September 14th, 2019
LGRD Minister Md Tajul Islam
File photo of LGRD Minister Md Tajul Islam Dhaka Tribune

Implementation of water transport would save both money and time for the people

Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) Minister Md Tajul Islam said on Saturday the government has decided to introduce more water transport on canals and lakes of the capital to rescue the all important water bodies from illegal encroachment and pollution, and help ease the pressure on the congested roads.

The minister said this when speaking as chief guest at an award giving program recognizing the highest bill collectors on behalf of Dhaka Wasa, reports UNB.

"Many canals and lakes of the city have been polluted and invaded by insidious encroachers. Illegally built makeshift structures and establishments will be evicted and soil will be extracted from the lakes, being filled up, to introduce water transports," he said.

Tajul Islam highlighted the government-run water transports in the Hatirjheel project.

Implementation of water transports would save both money and time for the people and also reduce nagging traffic pressure on the roads, and thoroughfares, the minister said.

Ten banks, among the 33 financial institutions - authorized to collect bills on behalf of Dhaka Wasa, were awarded in the program chaired by the Dhaka Wasa Managing Director Taqsem A Khan.