A parliamentary watchdog on Thursday rebuked Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority Managing Director Taqsem A Khan for escaping a meeting.
The parliamentary standing committee on estimates, however, asked the government to take measures to provide safe drinking water for the residents.Committee members, including Noor-E-Alam Chowdhury, Sheikh Fazle Noor Tapas, Ahsan Adelur Rahman and Waseqa Ayesha Khan, attended the meeting held with its chairman Abdus Shahid in the chair.
Emerging from the meeting, committee chairman Abdus Shahid told reporters that the members expressed resentment over the absence of WASA officials.
“The Parliament Secretariat informed the WASA about today’s meeting. But, they escaped the meeting. Why did they escape the meeting? The committee sought an explanation,” he said.
The WASA provides water supply to some two crore people living in the capital. But, the organisation has been facing criticism for providing polluted and stinky water.
The WASA on the day admitted to have supplied polluted water to the people of 57 areas in Dhaka city.
Replying to a query from the High Court, it submitted a report, saying water supplied to city dwellers in the areas is polluted.A division bench comprising Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam received the report on Thursday.
The areas are: Jatrabari, Bashabo, Mugda, Rajarbagh, Kushumbagh, Jurain, Maniknagar, Manda, Dholaipar, Matuail, Bhagolpur, Lalbagh, Bakshibazar, Shahidnagar, Jhigatola, Dhanmondi, Shukrabad, Kalabagan, Bhooter Gali, Mohammadpur, Shewrapara, Pirerbagh, Monipur, Paikpara, Kazipara, Mirpur, Mohakhali, Tejgaon, Shiddeshwari, Shahjahanpur, Khilgaon, Moghbazar, Noyatola, Rampura, Malibagh, Paribagh, Kadamtali, Dhoniya, Shyampur, Rasulbagh, Meradnagar, Patherbagh, Shanirakhra, Konapara, Muslimnagar, Badda, Aftabnagar, Bashundhara, Bhatara, Uttara, Khilkhet, Fayedabad, Mollartek, Rana Bhola, Kafrul, Kochukhet and Pallabi.
WASA said the report is prepared on the basis of allegation of the people of 57 areas in the capital.