$165.7m project for expanding city’s sanitation services

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$165.7m project for expanding city’s sanitation services

The government has decided to undertake the Dhaka Water Supply and Sanitation Project (DWSSP) at a cost of US$165.7 million, aiming to expand sustainable drainage and sanitation services in the capital city, Dhaka, reports UNB.

Of the total project cost, the World Bank will provide US$149 million, while the government will provide the remaining, a World Bank press release said.

The project aims to rehabilitate and expand the drainage, sewerage and water supply and sanitation infrastructure within the areas of responsibility of the DWASA (Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority).

DWASA has initiated the rehabilitation of the first batch of selected canals in the city. This is expected to be completed by the end of 2011. Canal improvement works will continue with restoration of a number of additional drainage channels.

DWASA is engaged in procuring the key infrastructure works and other services funded under the project. This includes the installation of two major storm water pumping stations at the Rampura and Kamlapur areas of Dhaka. Once completed, these are expected to improve drainage and minimize urban flooding, particularly in the eastern part of Dhaka.

DWASA has also engaged expert services to prepare a master plan for wastewater management in the Dhaka City. This will lead to the rehabilitation, repair and expansion of priority sections of the city’ s sewerage network. Treatment plants set up under this initiative will improve the urban environment.

Most of the city’s natural channels and wetlands, which help in coping with storm water flows, have been filled in with unchecked expansion of settlement and accumulation of domestic and industrial wastes.

Dumping of industrial wastes and untreated sewage into the Buriganga, Balu, Turag and Shitalakhya rivers continues to strain an already overburdened sewerage network and worsen the water quality of the surrounding water bodies.

Currently, the Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority supplies water to about 70 per cent of the population of the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) and its suburbs, the Dhaka Metropolitan Area (DMA).

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