Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives (LGRD) Minister Tazul Islam on Tuesday said the government will entrust the two Dhaka City Corporations with the task of looking after all the water bodies which are now under the supervision of Housing and Public Works Ministry and Bangladesh Water Development Board.
“The government will hand over responsibility for 17 water bodies to Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC),” he said.The minister made the statements at a virtual inter-ministerial meeting on water-logging problems and preservation of canals and other natural water bodies in the capital.
He said, “The government will form a working committee with the LGRD secretary as the convener to carry out the handover process. The committee will submit their report within seven days.”
The LGRD Minister said the two City Corporations have already given charge of 26 canals. The two mayors of Dhaka are now working to manage drainage system and preserve the canals, he said, adding that the city corporations will present their plan on the water bodies to the government.
The minister further said that they have decided to keep all closed sluice gates of Hatirjheel open to save the capital from the water-logging problem during heavy rain.
He said they have no alternative but to bring the water bodies back to life to save the capital from water-logging. It will also help to reduce mosquito population in the capital, he added.
Among others, State Minister for Housing and Public Works Sharif Ahmed, State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury and Deputy Minister for Water Resources AKM Enamul Hoque Shameem attended the virtual meeting.