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Intra-government committee to oversee steps to remove water logging

DHAKA, Dec 9, 2015 (BSS) - The government today issued a statement saying it formed a nine-member committee comprising concerned offices to oversee implementation of earlier decisions to remove water logging problem in the capital.

"We have formed the nine-member committee to coordinate and oversee activities to free the city's canals from illegal occupation, keep those clean and ensure undisrupted water flows in box culverts," local government secretary Abdul Malek told BSS referring to the statement.

He said the existing number of canals in the city was 43, of which Dhaka WASA was tasked to maintain 26, the district administration eight as ordinary drainage systems.

Roads and box culverts were built on the rest nine to drainage of storm waters.

The top bureaucrat of the ministry said the committee, headed by additional secretary of the local government division was entrusted with the task of engaging people in the neighbourhood and their representatives to keep the canals undisturbed.

But, Malek said, the committee was also tasked to suggest what other measures were required to be taken immediately to address the water logging issue alongside long-term steps to free the city from the curse.

"The committee will submit a report on its activities to the local government division after every three months alongside its work plans for the subsequent three months," the secretary said.

Chief engineers of Dhaka North and Dhaka South city corporations, a senior Rajdhani Unyan Kartripakhkha (RAJUK) official, a deputy secretary of the local government division, additional deputy commissioner of Dhaka and a senior official Dhaka WASA comprises the committee.

The committee was formed two days after an inter-ministerial meeting with local government minister Engineer Khandker Mosharraf Hossain in the chair reviewed steps to address the water logging issue ahead of the next monsoon.

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