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‘Build septic tanks, soak wells by six months’

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 24 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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‘Build septic tanks, soak wells by six months’

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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. 

The mayor made the remark while briefing journalists after visiting the cleanliness activities at Ramchandrapur canal in Mohammadpur area.

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.

“We don’t know the demarcation line of the canal. We have given the work to Bangladesh Army and they will start their work next month.  Those who have already constructed buildings on the canal will have to demolish them. We will build cycle lanes and plant saplings after demolishing the illegal structures,” he added.