WASA water to be supplied in Ctg 24hrs a day
Published: 01:09 PM, 27 February 2021
WASA water will be supplied in Chattogram 24 hours a day; Photo: Collected
A 24-hour water supply is going to be ensured in Chattogram city. This goal will be achieved through Sheikh Hasina Water Treatment Plant Project-2. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will officially inaugurate the plant on March 17. It is believed that there will be no more water supply crisis in the divisional city after its inauguration.
According to project sources, Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Tajul Islam and Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed will visit the project area on Saturday. During this, they will inspect the progress of the project.
The Minister will then inaugurate the WASA ‘Patenga Boosting Pump Station’ and exchange views with journalists. With the launch of this boosting pump, EPZ-Port-Patenga residents will get four and a half crore liters of water produced daily under the ‘Modunaghat Sheikh Russell Water Supply Project’.
According to WASA sources, the project was started with the aim of supplying water to the Chattogram city after extracting and purifying water from the Karnaphuli River in the Rangunia Sharaf Bhata area. The work of the project has already almost completed. If the project goes into production, WASA’s water supply will increase by 14.3 crore liters daily. Currently, Chattogram WASA supplies 36 crore liters of water daily. If this project is launched, it will be possible to supply more than 50 crore liters of water daily.
Chattogram WASA took up this mega project after launching the first project ‘Sheikh Hasina Water Treatment Plant Project-1’ and ‘Modunaghat Sheikh Russell Water Supply Project’ under Karnaphuli Water Supply Project. These projects are the biggest project in the 56 years since the establishment of Chattogram WASA.
The total cost of the project is estimated at Tk 4,491.15 crore with the joint funding of JICA of Japan, Government of Bangladesh and Chattogram WASA. Of this – JICA provided Tk 3,623.28 crore, Bangladesh government Tk 844.80 crore and Chattogram WASA Tk 23.07 crore.
Currently, the daily demand for WASA water in the city is 50 crore liters, however, WASA can supply about 36 crore liters. If this refinery is started, the production will increase by 14.3 crore liters. This will reduce the water problem in the city.
Chattogram WASA Managing Director Engineer AKM Fazlullah said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has taken responsibility for the development of the Chattogram. She approved several megaprojects aimed at executing the city’s water supply and sewerage management through Chattogram WASA.
The work of the second project of Sheikh Hasina Water Treatment Plant has been completed. Trial run in progress. Foreign experts are looking at the technical aspects. LGRD Minister Tajul Islam and Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed will visit the project area. If they nod the green signal, the project may be inaugurated on March 17, he also said.
“This will be a great gift from the Prime Minister for Chattogram on the birth centenary of Bangabandhu. Besides, there are plans to inaugurate the city’s sewerage management project on this day,” AKM Fazlullah added.
Engineer Fazlullah said if the project is launched, there will be no more water crisis in the city. There will no need to worry about water in the city at least until 2030. All the deep tube wells will be shut down. This will increase the underground water level, as a result, the fertility of the land will also increase.
Maqsud Alam, director of Sheikh Hasina Water Treatment Plant and chief engineer of WASA, said the project would draw water from Rangunia Sharaf Bhata on the Karnaphuli River and supply it to Chattogram city after purification. The project is being implemented through three packages.
“We hope the project will be officially launched by this February. We have been running a trial run for quite some time to ensure the quality of the water. Water cannot be supplied for general use in any way until a 100 percent target is achieved in each parameter. We are focusing on the ultimate perfection for this goal,” he added.
After confirming everything, we are ready to inaugurate the project on March 17, Maqsud Alam said.