Dhaka's overall environment is being polluted due to a large number of unplanned houses in the city, says the mayor
Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Md Atiqul Islam on Saturday said that a 10% holding tax rebate will be given to the owners of the buildings with rainwater harvesting facilities.
The mayor was speaking as a special guest at a seminar titled "50 Years of Achievements and Futures in the Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector" at a city hotel.
Chaired by Local Government Division Senior Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed, the seminar was organized on the occasion of Bangabandhu’s birth centenary and the golden jubilee of Bangladesh's independence.
Mayor Atiqul said Bangladesh has been able to make significant progress and success in the last 50 years in the safe water, sanitation and hygiene (wash) sector.
The DNCC along with other stakeholders is working to increase public awareness about safe water, sanitation and hygiene (wash). The corporation has already completed the construction of 47 environmentally friendly and hygienic public toilets, out of 63, he said.
The mayor said the overall environment including water is being polluted due to a large number of unplanned houses of Dhaka city as sewage falls directly into drains or canals for lacking effective septic tanks and soak wells of the buildings in elite areas.
Atiqul said that modern septic tanks and soak wells have to be set up in the houses of the city and keep the purification system active.
He emphasized that the purification system needs to be further strengthened by setting up area basis faecal sludge plants in the city corporation area.
He said the work of power generation from waste is in the last stage for the first time in the country under the initiative of DNCC.
Atiqul also said that the corporation is working sincerely with short, medium and long term plans to reduce waterlogging and pollution in the city.
He said the city needs multiple well-planned reservoirs to solve the waterlogging problem. But sadly, out of 173 acres of land allotted for Kalyanpur reservoir, only three acres have reservoirs and the remaining 170 acres are in the possession of illegal occupants.
"So, everything together will have to be vocal against the illegal occupiers."
The DNCC mayor further said that unplanned Dhaka has to be transformed into a liveable, healthy, vibrant and modern Dhaka.
Among others, LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Md Tajul Islam and Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh addressed the seminar as chief guest and special guest, respectively.