Sheikh Hasina opens two new water plants that will supply Dhaka city with 600 million litres of water every day
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the city dwellers to exercise austerity while using water since a significant amount of money is spent on water treatment.
“I would like to urge all to be conscious over the use of water. Everyone will have to pay a special attention so that water is not wasted,” she said on Thursday.
She made the remarks while digitally opening Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority’s (DWASA) two water plants and laying the foundation stone of another during an event at a Dhaka hotel.
The inaugurated establishments are the Padma (Jashaldia) Water Treatment Plant (Phase-1) and the Well Field Construction Project in Tetulzhora-Bhakurta area of Savar Upazilla Phase-I.
Dhaka city will receive a total of 600 million litres of water a day from the two plants – 450 million from Jashaldia plant and 150 million from Savar plant.
The prime minister laid the foundation stone of Gandharbpur Water Treatment Plant at Rupganj under the Dhaka Environmentally Sustainable Water Supply Project.
She said all should be careful over the use of water considering that a huge amount of money is spent on water treatment.
“You all will show austerity in using water,” she said.
Noting that DWASA is a commercial service providing entity, she urged all to extended all-out cooperation to DWASA.
At the same time, the prime minister also directed DWASA to be more active and dynamic in implementing the development projects and goals for expanding the facilities for the city dwellers.
She also asked DWASA to be sincere over maintenance of the newly-opened water plants and expediting the construction work of Gandharbpur Water Treatment Plant.
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Md Tazul Islam presided over the function, while Local Government Division Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed, Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming, South Korean Ambassador in Dhaka Hu Kang-il, ADB Country Director Manmohan Parkash and DWASA Managing Director Taqsem A Khan spoke on the occasion.
The prime minister said her government, assuming power in 2009, took a comprehensive plan for DWASA to bring radical changes in water supply.
Now DWASA has the capacity to supply surplus water against the demand, she said.
Hasina said her government is now ensuring safe water for other divisional cities, while taking measures to ensure safe water for district and upazila towns across the country.
She said the government’s goal is to ensure safe water even at the union level, and noted that the government is working to ensure safe water across the country.
The prime minister said the government is working to extend urban facilities to villages.
Mentioning that there are rivers surrounding Dhaka city, she said the government has already taken measures to address river pollution.
The government is now evicting all illegal structures from river banks and enhancing the navigability and water reserve capacity of each river by dredging them, she said.
Hasina said the government has taken measures to give importance to the use of surface water in irrigation, reducing dependency on underground water.