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PM opens two water plants, lays foundation stone of another

  • Published at 01:18 pm October 10th, 2019
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The project will be funded by the Asian Development Bank, the French Development Agency (AFD), the European Investment Bank and the Bangladeshi government

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated the Padma (Jashaldia) Water Treatment Plant (phase-1) and Well Field Construction project at Tetuljhora-Bhakurta in Savar Upazila (phase-1) on Thursday, which has a capacity to supply 60 crore litres of purified water.

She also laid the foundation stone of another project Gandhapur Water Treatment Plant at Rupganj in Narayanganj having the capacity to treat 60 crore litres of water.

The premier inaugurated and laid the foundation stones of the three projects at function in a city hotel.

Among the projects, Padma (Jashaldia) Water Treatment Plant located at the Louhajang Upazila in Mushiganj will produce 45 crore litres of water while the Tetuljhora-Bhakurta Well Field Plant in Savar Upazila project will produce 15 crore litres of water.

The Gandhapur Water Treatment Plant at Rupganj in Narayanganj will treat 50 crore litres once it is completed.

The plants have been constructed to meet the growing demand of drinking water of Dhaka city dwellers.

Water from the Padma River will be treated at the plant and then it will be sent to Dhaka city through a pipeline.

The construction of Padma Water Treatment Plant project is being implemented at a cost of Tk. 3,451 crore.

With a view to reducing the dependency on groundwater in Mirpur, which has suffered the largest fall in the water table compared to other areas in the capital, Dhaka WASA has taken an initiative to bring 15 crore litres of water per day for the neighbourhood from nearby Savar at a cost of Tk. 573 crore.

Under the “Well field construction project at Tetuljhora-Bhakurta in Savar Upazila” 46 production wells and 48km water transmission lines will be set up to extract groundwater and supply it to Mirpur.

PM Sheikh Hasina also laid the foundation stone of the Gandhapur Water Treatment Plant at Rupganj in Narayanganj under the project of Dhaka Environmentally Sustainable Water plant project.

It will be set up at a cost of about Tk. 5,600 crore to treat 50 crore litres of water from the river Meghna per day.

The project will be funded by the Asian Development Bank, the French Development Agency (AFD), the European Investment Bank and the Bangladeshi government.

The fast-growing city of Dhaka faces a rapidly diminishing supply of groundwater, which is the main source of drinking water for its 11 million inhabitants..

22 percent water comes from surface sources and 78 percent from groundwater.

A brief presentation on the three projects has been given at the function

LGRD Minister Md Tajul Islam, Local Government Division Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed, Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming, Ambassador of South Korea in Dhaka Hu Kang-il, Country Director of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Manmohan Parkash and Dhaka WASA Managing Director Taqsem A Khan also spoke on the occasion.