Waterlogging Woes in Dhaka

DNCC busy cleaning water bodies: Atiq

Staff Correspondent

2 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

DNCC busy cleaning water bodies: Atiq

Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam on Tuesday said that they are cleaning the canals and storm drains to rid city dwellers of waterlogging in the monsoon. 

About the water-logging problems in different parts of the capital on Tuesday, Mayor Atiqul said that they have stepped up their efforts to clean the water bodies and storm drains by conducting special drive amid the Covid-19 pandemic.  

He made the remarks while speaking at the opening ceremony of a 10-day anti-mosque drive to curb dengue and chikungunya in Mohammadpur area in the capital.

Later, he visited different areas of Mohammadpur and handed out leaflets among common people to raise awareness about Aedes mosquitoes, dengue and chikungunya.

During the visit, he said, “Everybody will have to play an active role in preventing dengue and chikungunya. We have to be aware so that clean water does not remain stagnant in the rooftop or in the flower vase. He sought assistance of city dwellers in curbing dengue and chikungunya by destroying the breed grounds for mosquitoes.

At the beginning of the drive, DNCC executive magistrate Md Masud Hossain fined DOM-INNO, a real estate company, Tk 300,000 and jailed a site engineer of an under-construction building owned by actor Ananta Jalil for having stagnant water at the construction site.  

Regarding the jail, Masud said, “Our local ward councilor and health department officials warned the house owners several times about the breeding grounds, but they didn’t listen.”

“Today we have visited the building again and observed that the situation is the same as before. So, I sentenced the site engineer of the building to six months’ simple imprisonment.” 

Former health minister AFM Ruhal Haque, DNCC Chief Executive Officer Selim Reza, actor Ferdous Ahmed and actress Tanvin Sweety, among others, attended the campaign. 

The drive will continue until 12 June except for the public holidays.