A photograph published in this newspaper yesterday showed that two youths were rescuing a lady passenger after her rickshaw overturned on a waterlogged street in Rajarbagh area of the city following a heavy downpour. The picture speaks of the sufferings of the city residents that they usually go through after a rainfall. Waterlogging has virtually become a regular phenomenon in the capital, especially during the monsoon when its roads, lanes and by-lanes go under knee-deep to waist-deep water after a few hours of downpour.
However, if we look back then we can easily find that the Mughals were wise enough to establish Dhaka in the 17th century considering its tortoise-shaped landscape paving way for rain waters to recede fast into six rivers and canals that surround it. Later, especially after the country's independence, the water bodies were grabbed by influential quarters, who built illegal structures by filling them instantly. As to why, rain waters are now unable to recede from the city streets causing unbearable water logging.
But, this is not the only reason behind the public sufferings. The city's inadequate drainage system has also multiplied their woes. To find a lasting solution, the city fathers must have to recover and restore the encroached water bodies and build a better drainage system suiting to the needs of an ultra-modern city. However, we have been appalled to learn that the city corporations' most pumping machines that used to pump out rainwater from different parts of the capital remained dysfunctional. As to why, water remained stagnant for a longer period causing untold sufferings to city dwellers.
We ask the city fathers as to why they didn't bother to keep the pumping machines operative despite the monsoon is around the corner? The situation has evoked fear that the city residents might experience waterlogging during the entire monsoon this year. We deem it as a gross negligence of duty. So, the city mayors must take measures on an urgent basis to repair the machines for the greater interest of the public. Finally, the city authorities must have to take note that they will have to work with relevant agencies in close coordination with each other for a permanent solution to the perennial problem.