CHATTOGRAM: Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Md Tazul Islam on Saturday said development of Chattogram is not taking place as expected due to lack of coordination.
The minister made the comment while addressing as the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of ‘Patenga Booster Pump Station’ set up by the Chattogram Supply and Sewerage Authority (Cwasa) at hotel ‘Radisson Blu Chattogram Bay View’ in the city on Saturday.Regarding the responsibility of an elected mayor, he said all responsibilities should not be given to the mayor. Rather everybody will have to support him. The mayor will also have to utilise the support by performing duties properly, said the minister.
“If everyone increases involvement, I will also be able to cooperate in the development of Chattogram,” he said.
The government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina always prioritises development of Chattogram and all concerned will have to utilise the opportunity, said Tazul.
Terming Chattogram as the economic gateway of the country, the minister criticised dumping garbage on the river banks and encroachments in the name of establishing industry.
Cwasa Board Chairman Professor Dr Jahangir Alam presided over the programme where the ministry Senior Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed was present as the special guest.
Lawmakers Moslem Uddin Ahmed, Nazrul Islam, Dr Abu Reza Md Nezamuddin Nadvi, Chattogram City Corporation Mayor M Rezaul Karim Chowdhury and Women Awami League city unit President Hasina Mohiuddin were present at the programme among others.Cwasa officials said with installation of the pump station, city dwellers of the southern part of the city will now get water.
As a result, it will also be possible to meet the demand of huge population of various government and non-government establishments located in the Chattogram Port and EPZ areas.
Some 4.5 crore liters of water can be supplied from the pump station daily, they said.