Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Monday, September 28, 2020 11:24:01 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

WASA must ensure supply of clean water for Dhaka dwellers

By
29th-Sep-2020       
Share
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Save
  • E-mail
  • Print
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

THE level of mismanagement, inefficiency and corruption in WASA's handling of water supply and sewerage in the capital has been greatly exposed. Despite implementation of many projects costing hundreds of crores of taka over the years, Dhaka city dwellers in many areas are still living with dirty and foul-smelling water, facing acute shortages of drinking water, being deprived of access to sewerage networks and encountering water-logging.
Instead of accepting the responsibility and attempting to alleviate the sufferings of the city dwellers, WASA Managing Director Taqsem A Khan, who has been at its helm for 11 years, has continued to deny. It was alleged that the mismanagement and corruption in this service organisation have been allowed to run rampant.
According to a report published in a national daily on Monday, the Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) has blacklisted three companies -- Jahan Enterprise (Jaha), Paruma Engineering Works (Paruma) SA Enterprise (SAE) - for three years due to their fraud and irregularities. But these companies are still trying with the higher authorities to get work order of around Tk. 400 crore of WASA's Water Supply Network Improvement Project. The owner of the companies, Ahsan Habib Lenin, who is also Chairman of Nilsagar Group, was reportedly involved in the BASIC Bank loan fraud. He also took part in WASA's tender recently using different fake strategies.
As reported, the three companies earlier got work orders of two projects worth Tk. 800 crore. The first one has been completed while the other one is underway. Now the contractor of the project is allegedly using different tricks to increase the cost of the project. Despite huge spending, why are Dhaka's residents still forced to wade through knee-deep water during monsoon season, and ration water in certain areas due to limited supply?
Ministers are changed, but the WASA's MD remains in the same post for more than a decade. Since Awami League assumed power in 2009, two LGRD Ministers completed their terms while the third one is serving. But, there had been no change in the post of WASA's managing director. How was it possible?
 As we do not have an accountable government we do not care what they do but the WASA must serve the people and ensure clean water for Dhaka people.


Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Observing Rivers Day while saving the water bodies from pollution


THE World Rivers Day on September 27, observed globally this year on the theme of 'waterways in our communities', left a question --- what is the condition of our rivers? Historically rivers play a vital role in human settlement in this delta with livelihood, communication, agricultural production. Rivers here viewed ...

City »

BIWTA Chairman Commodore Golam Sadeq speaks as Chief Guest at a photo exhibition on 100 rivers at Sadarghat Terminal on Sunday.


Editorial »

Registrar to get charge of VC in SAU not rational


DHAKA University Teachers' Association protested the decision of giving Sher-e-Bangla Agriculture University (SAU) registrar the charge of Vice-Chancellor of the university. Amid the deteriorating education quality for student politics, absence of academic integrity, teachers' involvement in administrative functions more than academic and their partisan politics, the decision of giving charge ...

International »

South Korea's domestic coronavirus cases fall to lowest in 44 days


Reuters, Seoul :South Korea on Saturday reported 49 new domestic coronavirus cases, the smallest number of locally transmitted cases in 44 days in a sign that tighter social distancing rules are paying off.Health officials reiterated calls on people to refrain from visiting their hometowns and meeting with relatives during the ...

International »

Lebanon PM-designate steps down


Al Jazeera News :Lebanon's prime minister-designate Mustapha Adib has announced his resignation after his efforts to line up a non-partisan cabinet ran into trouble, particularly over who would run the finance ministry.In a televised address on Saturday, Adib said he was stepping down from "the task of forming the government" ...

City »

Former State Minister for Information Prof Abu Sayeed speaks at the extended meeting of Gonoforum at the Jatiya Press Club on Saturday demanding national unity for meaningful change.


City »

Chairman of Jatiya Ganotantrik Andolon Khokon Chowdhury speaks at the biennial conference of Trinamul NDM at the Jatiya Press Club on Saturday.


Entertainment »

Kazi Shoma coming with original song


Entertainment Report :Singer Kazi Shoma has been engaged with music for many days. She got praise for rendering songs in and outside the country. She has an inner want to render an original song. But she could not do it for various reasons. Before Corona pandemic she wanted to fulfil ...

Editorial »

EC can`t avert responsibility of criminal nexus that makes fake NIDs


THE Election Commission is struggling to check forgeries of National Identity Cards while it suspects that a group of voter registration officers and data entry operators are involved in the scam. Several probe teams formed on various occasions have found that people are forging NIDs to gain illegal benefits, including ...

Football »

Messi says Suarez deserved more from Barcelona in move to Atletico Madrid


BBC Online :Lionel Messi says Luis Suarez deserved a better send-off from Barcelona but that he is "no longer surprised" by the club's treatment of the striker.Suarez has joined Atletico Madrid after being told he was not in new Barca boss Ronald Koeman's plans.Earlier this month, Messi said he would ...

Entertainment »

Pori Moni to play Pritilata’s role in movie


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Popular film actress Pori Moni has signed in to play the role of Pritilata Waddedar, who was the first Bengali revolutionary martyred woman in the Subcontinent. Affiliation of Pori Moni with the movie was announced on the death anniversary of Pritilata Waddedar on September 24.Golam Rabbani wrote ...

Editorial »

Corruption is no problem but giving too many extensions is bad


AKM Fazlullah, the 79-year-old Managing Director of Chattogram Water Supply and Sewerage Authority, is likely to get extension for another three-year term after serving the position for nine years.In 2009, Fazlullah was first appointed as the chairman of the CWASA, 11 years after he had gone into retirement as an ...

International »

Madrid pleads for more doctors, police as coronavirus cases surge


Reuters, Madrid :Spain's Madrid region on Wednesday requested urgent help to hire hundreds of foreign doctors and reinforce police as they registered 1,290 new coronavirus infections and considered extending a partial lockdown to more areas.Representing over a quarter of Spain's 4,143 new cases in the past 24 hours, the capital ...

Entertainment »

Nancy at Ranga Raat on Maasranga TV tonight


Maasranga TV will telecast phono-live studio concert titled Ranga Raat tonight. This programme will be aired on Friday at 10:30pm. At tonight’s episode, popular singer Nancy will be present in the show to perform. Besides rendering her popular songs, Nancy will also keep requests from the viewers while performing. In ...

International »

Lukashenko abruptly sworn in, Belarus opposition calls for more protests


Reuters, Minsk :Ignoring calls for an end to his 26-year grip on power, President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus was sworn in for a sixth term on Wednesday after an election that the opposition and several foreign governments say was rigged.The ceremony would normally have been publicised as a major state ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news