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Drive to remove illegal structures from Ctg canals starts July 7

Published : Wednesday, 19 June, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 116

CHATTOGRAM, Jun 18: The Bangladesh Army and the Chattogram Development Authority (CDA) will start a drive to remove illegal structures from the banks of all canals of the port city on July 7 for implementation of mega project titled "Canal re-excavation, renovation and expansion to eradicate water logging of Chattogram" worth of Tk 5,616 crore.
It was decided in a meeting held on Tuesday at CDA conference room.
Brigadier General Ahmed Tanveer Mazhar Siddiky, CDA Chairman Jahirul Alam Dubash and other officials concerned of CDA, City Corporation, WASA, PDB were present in the meeting.
Meanwhile, the government had earlier taken three mega projects to free the Chattogram people from the curse of water-logging.
But the authorities could do nothing to carry out effective implementation.  The three projects include; ''Canal re-excavation, renovation and expansion to eradicate water logging of Chattogram" worth Tk 5,616 crore; the Water Development Board project of Tk 1600 crore; and the CCC project costing of Tk 1256 crore.  The government undertook a mega project titled ''Canal re-excavation, renovation and expansion to eradicate water logging of Chattogram" worth Tk 5,616 crore on August 9, 2017 to end the longstanding waterlogging problem in the city.
Under the project, the implementing agency will re-excavate 36 canals of Chattogram city, construct drains nearby to remove rainwater, acquire 96 acres of land, and construct 176,000 metres of retain wall, 85.68 km of road, 48 PC bridges and 6 culverts.  The works of the project of Chattogram Development Authority (CDA) are underway under the supervision of the Bangladesh Army. The project is expected to complete on June 30, 2020 as its works started in July 2017.
The Water Development Board has also taken a Tk 1600 crore project to remove water-logging. The project has been approved in the ECNEC meeting held on February 27.
Meanwhile, the CCC has been implementing a project costing of Tk 1256 crore to free the people from the curse of water-logging. Under the project, a canal will be excavated from Bahadderhat to Bolirhat including the re-excavation and excavation of several new cananls to pave the way for quick discharge of rain water during the rainy season. The CCC will implement the project scheduled to be completed by June 2020. The 2.9 kilometres long and 65 feet wide canal will be excavated under the project with 20 feet wide road on both sides of the canal.
Meanwhile, the re-excavation works on 16 canals of the port city, including Chaktai Khal, are progressing fast, aiming to bring relief to the city dwellers from its vexing water logging problem. Though there was a target to re-excavate of 36 canals, primarily the re-excavation of 16 canals, including the Chaktai and Mahesh khals (canals) is underway. The 16 canals are- Chaktai Khal, BirzaKhal, Rajakhali Khal-1, Rajakhali Khal-2, Rajakhali Khal-3, Mirza Khal, Hijra Khal, Mahesh khal, Mariambibi Khal, Kolabagicha Khal, Domkhal, Chaktai Diverson Khal (also known as Baklia Khal), Bamunshahi Khal, Noakhal, Nasir Khal and Khandakia Khal.

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