The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set a target of 60 percent surface water use by 2030. He will meet the target before the scheduled time, said the Minister of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives. Tajul Islam.
He said this at a briefing held after inspecting the weldfield plant at Tetuljhara-Bhakurta area in Savar upazila implemented by Dhaka WASA on Monday.
Tajul Islam said, “According to the SDGs, the target has been set to use 80 per cent surface water by 2030. I hope the country will reach its goal before then. Apart from Dhaka city, my village is working as per the instructions of the Prime Minister to provide safe water to the rural areas as per the vision of my city.
The minister said the project from Savar is supplying 150 million liters of water to Mirpur every day.
Noting that there was no damage to the groundwater level in Savar due to the project, Tajul Islam said, “The water level in the Tetuljhara-Bhakurta area of Savar upazila is expected to go down as a result of water abstraction, but the two-year study report shows no water difference.”
The minister said, “People do not realize the importance of getting water easily. People have a special attraction towards rare things. It happens all over the world. We have to be aware of this.
At the time, WASA Managing Director (MD) Taksim A Khan said, “This project was a research project. Research has been done here and it has been seen that even if you take water from Aquifer, the water will not go out from there. I have been monitoring for two years and the water level has not gone down. We are taking water from outside Dhaka as the water level in Dhaka city goes down. Even if water is taken from here for the next 40 years, the level will not decrease.
The MD said, ‘When water extraction started two years ago, there were some problems in the area. Now that problem is no more. This problem was also mentioned in our research.
Asked by locals about water problems caused by the project, WASA MD said, “We have helped those who have water problems at home. After our project started, we lowered the pipes of one hundred deep tubewells in the vicinity. So that they can personally draw water. Our production has been facilitated. We do not draw water at the time when the locals will draw water. That’s how we’re trying to make a network. ‘
Among others, Helaluddin Ahmed, Senior Secretary, Local Government Department, Mohammad Ibrahim, Additional Secretary, Local Government Department and senior WASA officials were present.
(Dhaka Times / 15 February / Karai / JB)
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