CHATTOGRAM: Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) Mayor M Rezaul Karim Chowdhury urged the implementing authorities of the mega project taken for addressing waterlogging to remove the temporary obstructions from the canals by this month to avert severe waterlogging in the city.
“If the obstructions are not removed by this month, the city will experience throat-deep water in the rainy season,” feared the mayor.
The mayor said these while addressing at a press conference organised to put up development of the 100-day crash programme launched after taking charge as the mayor at the CCC Conference Room on Thursday.
The mayor in his speech said the activities for killing mosquito couldn’t be made successful entirely due to unawareness of the city dwellers and logged water caused due to obstruction at the canals for developing sluice gates under the mega project.
A total of seven people are carrying out the mosquito killing activities with fogger machines and hand sprayers at every ward of the total 41 wards under the CCC, said the mayor.
A committee was also formed to examine the effectiveness of the liquid mosquito killing medicines, he said.
As the implementing authority of the mega project, CDA is responsible for cleaning the canals and drains larger than three-feet. But, the CCC removed some 10,600 tonnes of garbage from canals and drains over the last 100 days, said the mayor.
Some 4,011 LED lights were installed in some 76 kilometre areas of 30 roads of the city during the period, he said.
Besides, a total of Tk 6725,110 were paid to 33 retired CCC employees while the contractors got arrear bills of Tk 23877,774, said the mayor.
Designs of five income-generating projects were called while 37 others projects are under consideration, he added.
Regarding the purchase of a new vehicle for him amid the acute fund crisis, the mayor said he didn’t agree to buy the vehicle at first. “The existing old-age vehicle is giving trouble frequently increasing the maintenance cost. The permission for purchasing the vehicle is yet to be given,” he said.
Asked about different irregularities, Rezaul said different probe bodies were formed to investigate into the issues and action will be taken according to the probe reports.
The mayor also laid emphasis on coordination among the service proving agencies to lessen sufferings of people of the city.
CCC Panel Mayors Abdus Sabur, Md Gias Uddin and Afroza Alam, Chief Executive Officer Kazi Muhammad Mozammel Hoque, other departmental heads and Chattogram Press Club President Ali Abbas were present at the press conference among others.