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Ashulia water supply project plan submission likely this month

Shahin Akhter

The detailed plan of the proposed Ashulia Reservoir and Water Supply Study Project is going to be submitted to the Water Supply and Sewerage Authority this month, said officials concerned.
Meanwhile, local government, rural development and cooperatives ministry secretary Abu Alam Md Shahid Khan told New Age that they would take urgent initiatives to set up the reservoir soon after receiving the proposal.
The Institute of Water Modelling was assigned by the Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority to design the detailed project plan about one and a half year ago, said DWASA officials.
According to the preliminary estimate, four water reservoirs would be built on 1,700 acres of land at Ashulia under public-private partnership with an estimated cost of Tk 2,100 crore within three years.
The project will supply additional 15 crore litres of water per day to meet the demand of 10 lakh inhabitants of Dhaka’s northern part that incorporates areas, namely Uttara and Mirpur.
‘We are going to submit the plan this month,’ said the IMW’s Water Resources Planning Division director SM Mahbubur Rahman on Sunday.
He added that at present they were working out the costs of the project.
DWASA managing director Mohammad Taqsem A Khan said that after getting the detailed project plan the authority would send the plan to the LGRD ministry.
He said authorities like the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakhha and the Department of Public Works would carry on the installation of the project.
Responding to a question on the project’s start, Taqsem A Khan said that he had no idea when the installation works would start.
LGRD ministry secretary Abu Alam Md Shahid told New Age on Sunday that he had no clear idea of starting the project.




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