‘Canals shrink for encroachment’

Staff Correspondent

7 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam on Wednesday said natural drainage system of the capital has got damaged due to illegal land grabbing as a 60 feet wide canal has turned into 10 feet. 

“Major portions of our canals are grabbed. Ibrahimpur canal was 60 feet wide, but it is now a 10 feet wide canal.   If it rains, the water can’t be drained out, making the roads waterlogged,” he said.

The mayor made the remarks after opening a renovated road from Tejgaon Uttara Motors to Kunipara. 

DNCC redeveloped 656 meters road, 656 meters pipe drain and 590 meters footpath with a budget of Tk 206 million.

Atiq said sources of drains have also been damaged by throwing solid waste into those.

DNCC Mayor Atiq said “I have lifted up huge coconut shells (200 trucks) from Kalshi and Godakhali canals. We also recovered quilt, television and fridges from the canals.” 

Regarding the newly opened road, he said, “The road was seen in a bad shape during my election campaign. Then I promised to develop the road and today the road got a new look.”

Atiqul Islam also said they will reclaim all roads and canals from gabbers to ease sufferings of the city residents.