Tk 4.25b project to treat water of Hatirjhil
Mazharul Anwar Khan
The sewerage water falling into the Balu river through Hatirjhil and adjacent areas will be treated in a bid to ensure pollution free water flows in the river.
The government has undertaken a project apprehending possible environmental threat as the sewerage and drainage water will directly fall into the Balu river after completion of the Hatirjhill project.
The Sewerage Water Treatment Project involving a cost of Tk 4.25 billion will be implemented by 2014, said planning commission sources.
Local government, rural development and cooperative ministry will implement the project.
The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) has already approved the project which was included in the annual development programme (ADP) without fund allocation in the fiscal 2010-11.
At present, the sewerage and drainage water of Hatirjhil and adjacent areas fall into the Balu River through the Begunbari canal.
After the completion of the comprehensive development project of Hatirjil and adjacent area, the sewerage water will be plunged into the Balu river directly through Rampura bridge, sources said.
A water treatment plant at the Hatirjhil site is essential as it will emerge as a threat for the Sayedabad Water Treatment Plant, sources said.
The sewerage water of the Hatirjhill will be carried into the proposed water treatment plant in Dareshkandi through pumps to be installed near Rampura bridge.
Besides, the sewerage of Gulshan, Baridhara, Banani, Badda and Basundhara residential areas will be treated under the proposed project.
A feasibility study financed by World Bank has been conducted which recommended to install three separates water treatment plants in Dareshkandi with 30.24 billion litres, 29.64 billion litres and 33.60 billion litres capacities.
Besides, WASA is contemplating to install another water treatment plant with the help of BRTC of BUET involving a cost of Tk 5 billion.
The main activities of the project are installation of a sewerage treatment plant with a capacity of treating 500,000 cubic metres per day, 100 acres of land acquisition, setting up three lifting pumps with gas generator in Dareshkandi and HT power connection and others works.