Despite assurances from authorities to the contrary, it seems that waterlogging will be as much of a problem this year as it was the last.
Every monsoon, Dhaka finds itself submerged underwater due to its faulty drainage systems and infrastructure, with drains being clogged up, essentially bringing the entire city to a standstill.
The factors which contribute to this continued state of inconvenience are manifold.
From poor waste management systems to a lack of water bodies to illegal encroachment of rivers, a lack of proper urban planning combined with mismanagement of Dhaka’s infrastructure has resulted in a largely unsustainable urban landscape.
Year after year, the same problem persists, and the city authorities remain woefully unprepared to tackle the issue of heavy rainfall.
Why has this problem persisted, and why has nothing close to a solution not come out of years of suffering from this problem?
While Dhaka WASA has been working with both city corporations to improve the drainage system, their efforts are usually wasted thanks to weak law enforcement on top of poor cooperation between the various governmental agencies.
However, the blame cannot be put entirely on the poorly-conceived sewage system alone: A lack of awareness amongst city-dwellers ensures that waste is almost never properly disposed of, but instead thrown out into the streets and into the drains, exacerbating the problem.
At the end of the day, it is the common people who suffer, unable to reach work on time, take their kids to school, or shop for their daily groceries.
The persistent state of waterlogging must be treated as a priority by the government, so that not only the city’s drainage system is fixed, but long-term solutions such as ensuring our water bodies remain secure and untouched and a more efficient garbage disposal system.
This is no way for the people of a major metropolis to be living.