A much-awaited relief from nagging waterlogging

Rashidul Hasan

26 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

People residing in Kalshi of Mirpur and Pallabi neighbourhood in the capital city used to witness water-logging even after a light rainfall, but their plight is now almost over after the canals in the area have been cleared of silt and garbage and freed from illegal occupation.

Apart from that, a project involving Tk 15.57 crore by Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) to rid the people of the perennial problem has almost finished, which will drain the rainwater away from Kalshi to Baunia and Sangbadik canals.

Thanks to the initiative taken by DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam, people are now heaving a sigh of relief.

During a visit to the area about one month ago, DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam vowed that all the canals will be freed from illegal occupation to end the water-logging problem. If necessary, they will get tough with the grabbers, he warned.

Though sufferings of the residents of the area knew no bounds, Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority did not take any steps to free the canals from discarded garbage or from illegal occupation.

Talking to daily sun, Md Motaleb, a resident of Sangbadik Housing Area, said the area used to experience a nagging water-logging even after a light rainfall. Locals of area had to suffer a lot, as rainwater could not drain off, he said.

DNCC zone-2 executive engineer Enamul Kabir said: “DNCC took the step to clear up the canals. It took a Tk 15.57 crore project to install 1,188 underground pipes to drain water away into Baunia canal through the nearby Bhasantek Beel (an water body) to get rid of nuisance of the waterlogging.”

He said: “The project was taken in April 2018 and was supposed to end in December last year. But due to the construction work of Kalshi flyover, the project work was delayed. It is a priority project of the incumbent mayor to rid the people of Kalshi of the curse of waterlogging.

“Besides installing underground pipeline, we also repaired damaged parts of road caused by the construction work and constructed three-kilometre footpath.

“We have almost completed the work. On completion of the work, people don’t have to suffer the same problem again.”