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Dhaka Tribune

Wasa pumping station besieged

Update : 11 Apr 2016, 01:52 AM
Several hundreds of people yesterday laid siege to a pumping station of Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority at Moghbazar in the capital demanding supply of drinking water.
Residents of Bepari Goli of Boro Moghbazar also threatened that they would sever electricity connection of the pumping station if the authorities of Dhaka Wasa did not take immediate measures to ensure uninterrupted water supply to the area. During the agitation, residents of the area told the Dhaka Tribune that they had been facing acute crisis of water for the last one and a half months. They also said employees of the pump station were selling per jar of water at Tk5 taking the advantage of the situation. They alleged that Wasa operators were creating the artificial crisis to do a brisk business. Atikur Rahman, a tenant of an apartment at Bepari Goli, said they had not been getting water supplied from Wasa over a month. He said owner of the apartment ran water pump once in a day for only an hour due to the water crisis. “We cannot do household works properly and even take bath regularly,” he said. “We have not been regularly getting Wasa’s water for the last one and a half months, although we have to pay the Wasa bill every month,” said Shahidul Islam, owner of house located in the area. He said they got a little amount of water in the reserve water tank every day and for that reason they had to run their pump once a day. Staffs of Marjan Printing Press told the Dhaka Tribune they did not take bath for the crisis of water. Wasa Pump Operator Md Wares: “Three operators, including me, work at the pumping station. But we do not know why the residents of Bepari Goli do not get water supplied by the Wasa.” He, however, said they did not even need to operate pumps as the supplying of water which they got from Sayedabad water treatment plant was sufficient for the locality. He also said higher officials of the Wasa would know the reason why people of the area did not get water. Reply to a query about sale of the pump water to local people, Wares said, “As the water pump remain stop, so how can we sale water to people?” He also alleged about hundreds of slam people attacked them without any reason. Managing Director of Wasa Taqsem A Khan told the Dhaka Tribune that he had heard about the agitation of the residents of Bepari Goli. “I have directed the officials concerned to take immediate steps to solve the water crisis,” he added.
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