State Minister for Water Resources Zaheed Farooque said the government will take advance steps to reduce sufferings of Dhaka city dwellers caused by water-logging during the monsoon.
He made the statement during his visit to newly-constructed pump house at Goranchatbari in the capital’s Mirpur on Sunday.The pump was constructed to boost drainage system and protect people of Mirpur, Cantonment, Uttara and adjoining areas from any flood and water-logging.
The state minister said all pumps will be kept ready and used to take the extra water caused by rain away during the raining season.
“There is no incident of grabbing or filling of lands within 636 acres of ponding area. The water resources ministry will coordinate with other departments concerned to protect Dhaka city from any flood and water-logging,” he said.
In the wake of massive flood in 1988, a survey was conducted to protect Dhaka west zone from inundation and 676 acres of land was earmarked as ponding area, he said.
After assuming power in 1996, Awami League government adopted a project to preserve the rainy and flood water in the ponding area and later pump out to Turag river, he said adding the project work is scheduled to be complete in February next year.
It may be mentioned that the remaining 40 acres of land were allotted to Dhaka Elevated Expressway Project.Water resources deputy minister AKM Enamul Hoque Shameem, Bangladesh Water Development Board director general Md Mahfuzur Rahman and other official concerned were present at the event.