Chattogram Tackles Waterlogging: Coordination Meeting Emphasizes Stopping Hill Razing and Waste Dumping

Speakers at a Chattogram meeting stressed the need to stop hill razing and waste dumping to address the city's waterlogging issues. Four projects worth Tk 14,389.36 crore are underway to extract earth from canals and build retaining walls to prevent waterlogging.

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Chattogram Tackles Waterlogging: Coordination Meeting Emphasizes Stopping Hill Razing and Waste Dumping

Chattogram Tackles Waterlogging: Coordination Meeting Emphasizes Stopping Hill Razing and Waste Dumping

Speakers at a recent coordination meeting in Chattogram stressed the importance of stopping hill razing and waste dumping on drains and canals to address the port city's persistent waterlogging issues. The meeting, held at the Chattogram City Corporation's (CCC) conference room, brought together representatives from key organizations, including CCC, Chattogram Development Authority (CDA), Chattogram Water and Sewerage Authority (CWasa), Chattogram Port Authority, and Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB).

Why this matters: Effective management of waterlogging issues in Chattogram is crucial for the economic and social well-being of its residents, as well as the overall development of the port city. If left unaddressed, waterlogging can lead to significant losses in productivity, infrastructure damage, and negative impacts on public health.

To tackle the waterlogging problem, a total of four projects worth Tk 14,389.36 crore are currently being implemented by CCC, CDA, and BWDB. These projects aim to extract earth from canals, clean dirt and silt, and build retaining walls to prevent waterlogging in the future.

CCC Mayor Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, who presided over the meeting, expressed concerns about the city's preparedness for the upcoming monsoon season. "The few hours of rainfall in a day last week caused waterlogging in Muradpur and different other low-lying areas in the city. People have become aggrieved for this," he said. The mayor emphasized the need to stop hill cutting, as it causes loose soil to wash into drains, clogging them. He also suggested installing silt traps on hill slopes to prevent this issue.

CDA Chairman Mohammad Yunus echoed the mayor's concerns, stating that the Department of Environment must play a crucial role in stopping hill razing, as CDA does not have the mandate to do so. He also mentioned that the third Karnaphuli Bridge, built as a pillar bridge, has caused siltation on the riverbed and adjacent Chaktai Canal.

CWasa Managing Director AKM Fazlullah revealed that there are 76 canals in the port city, according to the Cadastral Survey, but 19 canals have been lost due to encroachment by influential people. "The lost canals must be reclaimed to ease waterlogging," he emphasized.

The coordination meeting in Chattogram highlighted the urgent need for a multi-faceted approach to tackle the city's waterlogging issues. By stopping hill razing, preventing waste dumping, and reclaiming lost canals, the port city aims to mitigate the impact of heavy rainfall and ensure better drainage. The ongoing projects, worth over Tk 14,000 crore, demonstrate the commitment of various authorities to address this pressing issue and improve the quality of life for Chattogram's residents.

Key Takeaways

  • Stop hill razing and waste dumping to address Chattogram's waterlogging issues.
  • Tk 14,389.36 crore projects underway to extract earth, clean canals, and build retaining walls.
  • Hill cutting causes loose soil to clog drains, emphasizing the need for silt traps.
  • 19 of 76 canals in Chattogram lost due to encroachment, must be reclaimed to ease waterlogging.
  • Multifaceted approach needed to mitigate waterlogging, ensure better drainage in port city.