3 tubewells need to free from arsenic  

Dhaka, Wednesday   19 June 2019

3000 tubewells need to free from arsenic  

 Gopalganj Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 03:26 PM, 17 May 2019  

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

To reduce the risk of arsenic in Gopalganj, under the Department of Public Health Engineering, there are 3237 deep tubewells being set up in the 2018-19 fiscal year. As a result, the village level people and the people of five upazilas of Gopalganj are getting access to drinking water. 

According to the information, arsenic-free drinking water is available form homestead to school-college, madrasa, mosque, temple, church. No longer needs to go from one village to another for the sake of drinking water. 

Still, there are some houses remained for placing deep tubewells. The deprived people of this upazilas are demanded to set up deep tubewells in the homes where no deep tubewell was set up.

Gopalganj Public Health Engineering Department sources said that 2012 deep tubewells have been set up in Arsenic Risk Mitigation Project in the current fiscal year. Meanwhile, 468 in Gopalganj Sadar, 100 in Tungipara, 284 in Kotalipara, 483 in Kashiani, and 697 in Muksudpur. 157 tubewells have been set up in 11 UPs of Gopalganj Sadar in the Arsenic Risk Mitigation Project.

In addition, 1068 deep tubewells have been set up in the general rural allocation scheme and additional matching. Meanwhile, 178 in Gopalganj Sadar, 178 in Tungipara, 178 in Kotalipara, 356 in Kashiani and 178 in Muksudpur. In the next financial year, the demand for 5600 deep tubewells including submersible pump, 42 rural piped water supply projects, 10 Sidco plants, 10 reverse osmosis plants, 2000 arsenic iron removal plants, were sent.

M Superul Alam, chairman of Gopalganj Sadar Upazila’s Jalalabad Union said, “At least 200 deep tubewells are needed in my Union. If these 200 deep tubewells are set up, there will be no arsenic-free drinking water problem in my Union. I demand to set up 200 deep tubewells in my Union.”  

Sheikh Lutfar Rahman Bacchu, chairman of Gopalganj Sadar Upazila said, “Thousands of people came to me from different areas of my upazila to apply a deep tubewell.”

“But I cannot give them enough due to lack of allocation. There is a demand for 3000 deep tubewells in my upazila. If I get all these 3000 deep tubewells, there will be no problem in drinking arsenic-free water in any family of Sadar upazila,” he also said. 

Dipak Chandra Talukder, Executive Engineer of Gopalganj Public Health Engineering Department said that 3,237 deep tubewells are being set up in the year 2018-19 fiscal year for the benefit of drinking water for 68 UPs of five upazilas of Gopalganj and by setting up these deep tubewells, people from the village level of the five upazilas of Gopalganj are getting the opportunity to drink water. “Arsenic-free drinking water is now available everywhere from the homestead.”

“Deep tubewells were not set up in many families of Gopalganj district yet. For drinking safe water in those families, the demand for 5,600 deep tube wells including sub-mercantile pumps, 42 rural piped water supply projects, 10 Sidco plants, 10 reverse osmosis plants, 2000 Arsenic Iron Removal are needed,” he also said adding, “No family of Gopalganj district will not be denied access to arsenic-free drinking water when allotment is demanded.”

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