Govt working tirelessly to ensure water supply: Tazul

7 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Md Tazul Islam on Saturday said the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is working ceaselessly to ensure sustainable water supply all over the country, reports BSS.

“The incumbent government is working relentlessly to ensure sustainable water supply as well as sustainable development across the country considering the future demand for water,” he said.

The minister said this while talking to journalists after visiting Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA)’s Gandharbpur Water Treatment Plant at Rupganj in Narayanganj.

He said that there will be no water problem in the country as the water problem in Chattogram and Dhaka has now been resolved. The minister further said that Bangladesh, like the rest of the world, is giving special emphasis on surface water due to the declining water level in the present world.

The project to take water from Gandharbpur Water Treatment Plant to the capital and the work of water distribution line are going on simultaneously in full swing for the betterment of the people, he said. He hoped that water supply from the plant would start as soon as the work is completed.

Responding to a question from reporters about the road construction under Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), he said that the authorities concerned have been directed to take necessary steps to make better and sustainable the work of all the institutions under his ministry. No one would be spared after doing substandard work due to corruption or irregularities, he said, adding that many engineers have already been suspended and legal actions were taken against many for doing substandard work.

Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA) Managing Director Engineer Taksim A Khan, Local Government Division (LGD) Additional Secretary Muhammad Ibrahim and other officials were present during the visit.

Commenting that the cost of the project is increasing in some cases for doing sustainable and quality work, Tazul said that the cost of the project naturally goes up when a project remains incomplete after starting five to six years ago.