Newly appointed chairman of Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) Zahirul Alam Dobash Dolphin has said that the waterlogging in Chattogram city will be solved within a few years. A mega project has been taken to solve the waterlogging problem in the port city. The project is underway, he added.
The CDA chief said these at an view-exchange meeting in the port city on Monday. CDA secretary Tahera Ferdous chaired the event, while it was also addressed, among others, by Chattogram city Awami League president Mahtab Uddin Chowdhury and AL leader Nayeem Uddin Noman Al Mahmud. CDA’s Chief Engineer Kazi Hasan Bin Shams delivered the welcome speech.
Zahirul Alam Dobash Dolphin said that zero tolerance policy will be adopted to curd the corruption. Irregularities in the ongoing projects are not acceptable, he added.
He said, “Our leader has taken up the responsibility of development of Chattogram. We have taken initiatives to modernise Chattogram city. The development projects will be implemented in cooperation with all the MPs and mayors of the district.”
The city dwellers experience suffering during monsoon as many areas of the port city and important roads go under knee to chest deep water following heavy rainfall.
In this backdrop, Tk 1,621cr mega project has been taken to address the waterlogging in Chattogram city. The government has undertaken the project to ensure flood control, address waterlogging and improve the drainage facilities of the port city.
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved the project titled ‘Flood Control, Addressing Waterlogging and Improvement of Drainage Facilities of Chattogram Metropolis’.
Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) under the Ministry of Water Resources will implement the project by June 2022.
Sources said that main objectives of the project are to freeing the Chattogram city from waterlogging as well as protecting the port city from tidal surge, high tide and flood through constructing retaining wall and flood wall on the right embankment of River Karnaphuli.