CHATTOGRAM: Director General (DG) Brigadier General Ahmed Tanvir Mazher Siddiqui of 34 Engineer Construction Brigade of Bangladesh Army said the canals of the city will be freed from encroacher soon to address the long-drawn waterlogging crisis.
He also observed that uncontrolled dumping of solid waste in the drains and canals is also one of the main reasons of waterlogging in the city.The DG stated these while addressing at a view exchange meeting with journalists on different issues of the mega project titled ‘Canal re-excavation, expansion, renovation and development for addressing the waterlogging in the Chattogram city’ at conference room of the Brigade on Saturday.
Chattogram Development Authority (CDA) initiated the mega project and the government engaged the Engineer Construction Brigade for implementation of it.
Addressing the meeting, the DG Brig Gen Tanvir said the drains and primary canals of the city are being filled with waste everyday and there is no alternative to awareness to overcome the crisis.
“Solid waste also filled the canals, which were cleaned last year, and waterlogging is being taken place at the spots,” he said.
“We met the Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) mayor and also held meeting with peoples’ representatives of 41 wards under the CCC. We requested them to provide us with their plans to address the waterlogging before the rainy season,” said the DG.
The permanent solution to the crisis cannot be ensured until the 40 important canals are made clear for smooth flow of rainwater and regulators at mouths of the canal are set for controlling the tidal water,” Brig Gen Tanvir observed.“Of the 40 regulators, the Army is developing five and CDA 12 while Water Development Board will set up rest 23,” he said.
He observed that illegal encroachment of a large portion of the existing canals and drains has been causing waterlogging in the city.
“Steps will be taken immediately for freeing the canals from encroachers with the help of CDA, CCC, administration and the police,” said the DG.
He also said that legal actions will be taken against those who dumps wastes in the drain.
The DG informed that the temporary dams developed at the mouths of five canals for constructing the regulators will be removed before the rain starts and there will have emergency response team to remove logged water during the rainfall.
After starting the work, Bangladesh Army removed a total of 12588,000 cubic-feet (cft) waste from the canals and drains last year and 4200,000 cft this year, he said.
Acting Project Director Lt Col Abu Sadat Mohammad Tanvir put up different aspects of the project through multimedia presentation at the meeting.
CCC Chief Engineer Lt Col Mohiuddin Ahmed, CDA chief Engineer Hasan Bin Shams, Project Officer-1 Major Mahmud Hasan, Project Officer-2 Major Shahnewaj Mahmud and representatives from the Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Limited and Chattogram Water Supply and Sewerage Authority were present at the meeting among others.
Mentionable, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved the project involving Tk 5616 crore on August 9 in 2017.
CDA in cooperation with the Bangladesh Army started the works with removing soil and garbage from the Chashma Khal (canal) in the city’s Sholoshahar Gate No-2 area on April 28 last year.