Slow Pace of Dev Projects

Budget won’t be enlarged: Taposh

Staff Correspondent

4 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh on Wednesday said budget and deadline for development projects won’t be extended any more.   

He urged contractors and engineers to complete the works by the stipulated time.

“It is very unexpected that progress of most of the projects, including some mega projects, has been very slow for a long period of time. We will not extend deadline and budget for the projects anymore,” said the mayor. 

Mayor Taposh made the remarks while briefing journalists after visiting the development work of Jurain Graveyard in the capital.

During the visit, the mayor expressed dissatisfaction eith the progress of renovation and modernisation work of the graveyard.

Asking the authorities concerned to complete the project by the stipulated time in June, Taposh said the work was being carried out at a slow pace for a long time.

He warned that if they fail to complete it by the stipulated time, the contract with the development partner will be cancelled.

Earlier, Taposh visited the cleanliness activities of a portion of Mridha Bari, Kutubkhali and Shyampur canals. 

After the visit, he said the DSCC has set a target to clean four major canals of the area and restore water flow of the canals before the upcoming monsoon to save citizens from waterlogging problems this year.

The mayor said, “Before monsoon we are trying to clean four canals which are called artery of the area. We have already taken 57,000 metric tonnes of waste from the canals. We presume that we will have to take 200,000 metric tonnes of waste off the canals to get a good result.”

The mayor said that he can give a clear message to city dwellers regarding the solution of waterlogging problems after continuation of the work until March. 

During the visit, he observed that most of the industries in Shyampur area didn’t set up effluent treatment plant for treating wastewater which ends up in different canals.

Taposh said, “The area was declared an industrial area and industries are set up haphazardly. They also violated the condition of building effluent treatment plant and releasing wastewater into canals. As a result, a layer of silted waste is formed in the canal bed, blocking the flow of the water.”

He also observed some canals clogged with waste are under a development project of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB).

The BWDB is working on some portions of Shyampur canal and it is now in need of intensive care. We want the board to hand over the portions of the canal to us,” Taposh added.