Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh on Wednesday said they will redesign drainage lines to address waterlogging problem in the capital.
The initiative will be taken under the project named ‘Integrated Master Plan for Dhaka’, he said.“The flow of rain water cannot pass properly through the existing drainage lines and is being obstructed in many places due to unplanned design. We are formulating a master plan and under the plan we will redesign drainage lines so that the rainwater can easily be drained out to canals,” said Taposh.
The DSCC mayor made the remark while talking to reporters after visiting cleanliness programme of a drainage line at Malibagh rail gate area in the capital.
“If we can drain out the rain water to canals through the drainage lines, there will be no waterlogging in the capital. It is possible but difficult to execute the plan,” he said.
Stressing the need for increasing the capacity of drains, Taposh said the capacity of drainage lines is very inadequate compared to the rainfall in Dhaka.
“The capacity of drains to contain rainwater must be increased. Now, the rainwater overflows the drainage lines, causing water logging after a brief spell of rain,” said the mayor.
He also emphasised the importance of the cleanliness of the drainage lines.Taposh said, “Our efforts will continue to eliminate waterlogging problem. We have to be aware so that rainwater is not obstructed by waste in the drainage lines and have to ensure the cleanliness.”
Warning the DSCC contactors, he said, “The contractors who are involved in the construction of infrastructure will be monitored strictly. If any kind of negligence is found, proper action will be taken against the responsible person.”
Early on Tuesday, several areas of the city faced waterlogging problems in the monsoon with Mirpur, Kazipara and Shewrapara being the worst hit, reports UNB.