Sylhet WASA will be established soon to solve the problem of water and sewerage in Sylhet metropolis, said the Minister of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives. Tajul Islam.
He made the remarks while addressing a consultative meeting on setting up of ‘Water Supply and Sewerage Authority’ (Sylhet WASA) in Sylhet City Corporation area as per Water Supply and Sewerage Authority 1996 held online on Sunday (January 30).
The local government minister said Sylhet is one of the most important cities in the country. Due to population and urban sprawl, urban dwellers need to be provided with much needed civic amenities. There is a need to build environmentally friendly, sustainable and people-oriented drinking water supply and sanitary drainage system for the people of the metropolis.
According to Tajul Islam, necessary instructions have been given to the concerned ministries / divisions, departments and agencies to expedite the issuance of Gazette Notification, Organogram, formulation of employment rules and other activities for the formation of Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Sylhet WASA) in Sylhet metropolis. The Minister expressed hope that it would be possible to establish Sylhet very soon.
Noting that his ministry has been working tirelessly to protect the overall environment by adopting and implementing realistic sustainable projects for the development of potable water supply management in urban and rural areas, the minister said the government has placed more emphasis on groundwater use by reducing dependence on groundwater resources. To this end, various steps have been taken to increase the use of river water in urban as well as rural areas, digging ponds, and using ground water through groundwater harvesting.
In this context, he further said that according to SDG, it has been promised to ensure 80 percent surface water by 2030. Bangladesh will achieve the target before this time.
The local government minister said that there are water problems in many countries of the world. Being a riverine country, we have less problems with water than many other countries in the world. Even after this we are working to build potable water and healthy sewerage system in remote areas of the country.
Mentioning that the country is moving forward under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he said that unprecedented success has been achieved in the development of all sectors due to working together not only in water but also in other sectors.
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Foreign Minister. Taking part in the meeting, AK Abdul Momen said that the population of Sylhet has increased many times more than before. So it became urgent to establish a WASA here. He thanked the Minister for Local Government for taking the initiative to establish Sylhet WASA from this realization and promised all possible assistance for its speedy implementation.
The meeting was attended by Helaluddin Ahmed, Senior Secretary, Local Government Department, Ariful Haque Chowdhury, Mayor, Sylhet City Corporation and senior officials of the concerned ministries.