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LGRD Minister: Updated drainage management action plan for modern Dhaka

LGRD Ministry to finalize plan with two city corporations next week, says Md Tazul Islam

Update : 16 Jan 2021, 07:09 PM

A meeting will be held next week between the two city corporations to finalize a drainage management action plan to reduce waterlogging in the capital, said Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Md Tazul Islam.

The minister also remarked that the city corporations would be able to work better than the Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) as the responsibility was handed over to the city corporations from them, said a press release.

He made the remark in response to a question from newsmen at a press briefing after the presentation of ‘Bill Collection Award 2019-2020’ at Dhaka Wasa Bhaban in the capital on Saturday.

The awards were given by Wasa to various private and government banks, said the release.

Tazul said: “Work has already begun after handing over the city’s drainage system from Dhaka Wasa to the two city corporations, but the ministry will work to finalize an action plan with the two city corporations next week.”

“Everything necessary will be done to solve the civic problems, and to make Dhaka a modern liveable city,” the minister said.

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Hoping that the two city corporations will work to mitigate the water shortage, the minister said: “Plans have been taken and activities have started to set up an ‘Incineration Plant’ at Aminbazar to generate electricity from waste.”

Tazul said if the incineration plant is supplied with the required amount of waste per day, there will be no more waste lying around in the city.

“Plants will be set up in all city corporations and in each district gradually,” he said.

Mentioning that many achievements have been made in the country under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina in materializing Bangabandhu’s dream of “Sonar Bangla”, he said that special importance has been given to the integrated initiative in the Eighth Five Year Plan.

“In order to take the country to the desired goal, the responsibility that is on everyone must be fulfilled with honesty and sincerity,” he said.

Dhaka Wasa Managing Director Taqsem A Khan presided over the function, while Dhaka Wasa Board Chairman Dr Golam Mostafa and Local Government Additional Secretary Mohammad Ibrahim were present as special guests.

The ‘Bill Collection Award’ was given to the managing directors of 37 public and private banks on the occasion.

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