Residents of different areas of the capital have been reporting water crisis for some time now. Customers are complaining that the water of Dhaka WASA is dirty and smelly. This time the issue of water crisis and bad smell has also come up in Dhaka WASA documents. According to WASA, severe water crisis is going on in different areas of Revenue Zone-4 (Mirpur-Agargaon). Even if the water comes, it smells bad.
Dhaka WASA Revenue Zone-4 Revenue Officer. Shamsul Islam Khan has given a letter to the executive engineer with a list of areas where there is water crisis. The office received a copy of the letter dated April 11 on April 13. Copies of the letter have been given to WASA’s Commercial Manager, Chief Revenue Officer and Supervising Engineer.
Such water shortage is not acceptable in the month of Ramadan. WASA informed the office but no solution is being found. The tenants of the house want to leave the house. According to the letter, consumers in various areas under revenue zone-4 are suffering from severe water crisis. They are suffering a lot in carrying out their daily activities. Consumers are constantly complaining to the revenue inspector or billing assistants about the water crisis. In the letter, it was requested to take necessary steps to solve the water crisis in the areas in order to keep the revenue collection work in progress.
According to the WASA letter, the areas of Mirpur-Agargaon area which have water crisis and bad smell are: Darussalam, Bara Bari Road, Masjid Road, Kalyanpur Primary School Road, Commissioner Road, North Pirerbagh Balur Math, Madrasa Alley, West Manipur 1 to 60. House No. 60, 60 feet road from Gauchia Mosque, East Manipur, Kanthaltala, part of West Shewrapara, House No. 4 to 6 of Road No. 1 in Block H of Mirpur No. 1, Road No. 2 to 10 of H Block and Road No. 15 to 16 and Mirpur No. 6. Section block t. Hazrat Abu Bakar Siddiqui (Rah.) Madrasa Alley in North Peerbagh area has been facing water crisis for two weeks. Siraj-ud-Daulah, a resident of house number 363/6 in this alley, told Prothom Alo that water is not coming even once in the whole day. Such water shortage is not acceptable in the month of Ramadan. WASA informed the office but no solution is being found. The tenants of the house want to leave the house.
Sadia Sharmin, a resident of Kalyanpur area, sent a video of dirty and smelly water coming to WASA line to her inbox. He said that dirty and smelly water caused foam to form. Same condition for 20 days. WASA helpline has been called more than once. Says it will get better gradually, but so far no solution.
As the incidence of diarrhea has been increasing in the capital for some time, questions have been raised about the quality of WASA water. Dhaka WASA Managing Director (MD) Taksim A Khan told a news conference at the National Press Club on April 5 that the water in his own house also smelled bad. Regarding water crisis and bad smell, Dhaka WASA Director (Technical) AKM Shahid Uddin told Prothom Alo that there is water crisis in North Peerbagh area. With the productivity of WASA’s deep tube wells in the area, it is possible to supply water to 25,000 people. But the population is over a million. Efforts are being made to meet the demand for water by rationing as much as possible.
AKM Shahid Uddin said that Dhaka WASA is not getting space for installation of deep tube wells for water. In many cases the productivity of deep tube wells has decreased. As a result of installing multiple pumps in the existing place, there is no opportunity to install new pumps. Local councilors have been told about the location. The locals have to come forward for the location of the pump.