Legal action would be taken against those who dump waste in the canal by identifying them through CCTV cameras.
Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Md Atiqul Islam made the comment while inspecting the Ramchandrapur canal cleaning activities and promoting the slogan "Clean you houses for 10 minutes at 10am every Saturday" in the capital's Mohammadpur area.
The DNCC mayor said that a search of several buildings on both sides of the canal found no septic tanks or soak wells. Therefore, legal action will be taken if the buildings are further found without septic tanks after the next six months.
The mayor said that most of the unplanned buildings in Dhaka do not have effective septic tanks and soak wells and the overall environment including water is being polluted as untreated sewage lands directly into drains or canals.
“The canal is not a garbage bin; it is not a place for dumping garbage. It is a reservoir, so no conscious citizen should throw waste in canals or any other water body. Also, modern septic tanks and soak wells should be installed in city homes and cleaning systems should be kept in regular operation,” he said.
The mayor added that the developer companies should also develop buildings ensuring effective measures for waste management. Boundaries of the canals in the DNCC area will be demarcated by the upcoming November in collaboration with the Bangladesh Army.
The mayor said, “Structures that have been built by illegally occupying the canal will be demolished and the illegal occupants will be evicted without any notice”.
In the presence of the DNCC mayor, part of an illegally constructed building in the Mohammadpur area was demolished by bulldozer.
DNCC Chief Executive Officer Md. Selim Reza, Chief Engineer Brigadier General Muhammad Amirul Islam, Chief Waste Management Officer S. M. Shariful Islam, local councilor Asif Ahmed and other officials were present at the location.