Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam on Saturday gave the building owners in Mohammadpur a six-month ultimatum to install septic tanks and soak wells to contain faecal and kitchen waste.
“There is no septic tank and soak well in any building of Mohammapur area for reserving faecal sludge. Today, we have to sit with the building owners and give them a six-months time for installing the septic tanks and soak wells,” he said.
Atiqul also said that if the building owners fail to install the septic tank and soak well, the DNCC will take legal action.
“The building owners release their human and kitchen waste into the Ramchandrapur canal through a direct pipeline connection and as a result, people cannot walk beside the canal for malodorous odour. Earlier, there were fish and boat in the canal, but due to the continuous dumping of waste and pollution it is a foregone story,” DNCC Mayor said.
During the briefing, he also said the corporation will monitor the canal through a Close Circuit Camera to check dumping solid waste in the canal and to reveal the identity of the perpetrators.
“We have set up Close Circuit Camera in different points of the canal. If anyone dumps waste into the canals, we will impose a fine on him. We will monitor it regularly. We need to stop the malpractice to save the canal. We have to take legal action for that,” he added.
The mayor also said the DNCC has appointed the Bangladesh Army to the demarcation work of Ramchandrapur canal and they will start their work in November.