Sewage treatment plant for Uttara on cards

Hasibul Aman

17 August, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The government has moved to set up a modern sewage treatment plant (STP) to ensure proper and environment-friendly sewage discharge in the capital’s Uttara and adjacent areas.

The proposed STP will be constructed on 20 hectares on land on the bank of the Turag River.  LGRD and cooperatives ministry has already finalised a land acquisition project of nearly Tk 1,400 crore and sent it to the Planning Commission for getting a go-ahead from the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec).

Once the STP is constructed, a hygienic, environment-friendly and sustainable sanitation system is expected to be ensured in Uttara area under Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC).

Once approved by Ecnec, Dhaka WASA will implement the project by June 2021, officials said. At present, only 20 per cent areas of Dhaka city is under proper sanitation facility, which causes pollution of lake, canal and river water and environmental degradation in vast areas, LGRD ministry data suggest.  As a result, city dwellers of the areas where sanitation facility is absent have to live in an unhygienic environment.

Meanwhile, a sewage master plan has been prepared to create a planned and hygienic sanitation system for the capital under Dhaka Water Supply and Sanitation project, financed by the World Bank.

The initiative of setting up a sewage treatment plant for Uttara and adjacent areas have been taken in line with that master plan.  For constructing the plant, 20 hectares of land has been selected in Dhaur mouza of Turag thana along the Tongi-Mirpur flood control embankment.

The project faced land acquisition problem because of land-related litigation when the project was first placed at the planning commission in 2015.  Because of this, the implementing agency had been directed for sending an alternative land acquisition proposal.

After communicating with Rajuk, DWASA came to know that necessary land for STP has been identified in Diabari, Nolavogh and Dhaur Mouzas in Rajuk’s Detail Area Plan (DAP).  But the whole land earmarked for STP was not available as a major portion of land was already released for other purposes. Later, clearance for 53 acres of land, including a portion of the earmarked land, was obtained from Rajuk for the STP after conducting a survey.