Dhaka WASA water 100pc drinkable

Claims its MD rejecting TIB report

Staff Correspondent

21 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Dhaka WASA water 100pc drinkable

Dhaka WASA managing director Taqsem A Khan speaks at a press conference on TIB’s research findings at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity in the city on Saturday. – SUN PHOTO

Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority on Saturday denounced a research report conducted by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB).

Dhaka WASA managing director (MD) Taqsem A Khan termed the findings of the research of the anti-graft body TIB as low quality, sweeping and one-sided to get cheap popularity.

He also claimed that Dhaka WASA, the state-owned utility service entity, supplied 100 percent drinkable water. He also trashed the report of irregularities, not supplying drinkable water and bad governance.

He said, “It is not professional research findings, it has become like a report”.

The WASA MD came up with the rejection while talking at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity in the capital.

MD said, “TIB conducted research titled “Dhaka WASA: Challenges and Way Forward” focused on three issues to review the legal frameworks, to identify institutional limitations and challenges to ensure water and sewerage services, to measure satisfaction and experience of service recipients.”

But we have found less work has been done on the first topic where they did specific institutional limitations and challenges.

The result they have made public under bold underline is one sorts of publicity. Observing the strategy and approaches about the three specific issues on their research, they were limited within one issue.

It is based on perspective but not a scientific basis. In most cases, it commented on sweeping manner that can not be generalised. We have declared a vision 2021 coincided with the government turn around Dhaka WASA in 2010. The research report did not detail about the progress and challenges of our vision.

The report of gas worth Tk 330 crore has been burnt to boil the supplied water to make drinkable thus wasting the national resources is highly hypothetical. How they estimated the cost, the Md posed the question asking for the scientific basis.

They reported that 91 percent people drink water boiling that is not correct because many people drink water without boiling. So the report is ‘stuntbaji’, an attempt to get popularity not practical. The report is not high standard outcome just a vague one.

They don’t focus our many successes including 100 percent billing system, bringing down system loss.

Regarding lack of good governance at Dhaka WASA, the MD said, “We have the capacity and able. No bank will invest money for you if you don’t have the capacity.

World Bank, ADB, JICA, DANIDA etc, giving us loan. So, Dhaka WASA has managerial, technical and administrative capacities, he said.

In terms of Meter reading, we have brought about epoch making that was not referred. We have launched online and real time online to curb corruption. We are going to fully automation system very soon, the MD said.