Water price in Ctg to go up by 62pc
CHATTOGRAM Aug 14: The Chattogram WASA has decided to enhance the rate of water, according to WASA sources.
According to WASA sources, the new rate of 1000 litres of water for non-residential areas will be Tk40 while the existing rate is Tk27.56, a 62 per cent increase.
As per the new rate 1000 litres of water for residential areas will be Tk16 while the existing rate is Tk9.92.
AKM Fazlullah, Managing Director of CWASA, said the decision had been taken at a meeting of the WASA Board held on August 9 with its Chairman Nazrul Islam in the chair.
The MD said the proposal would be sent to the Ministry for approval. With the approval by the Ministry, the proposal will be implemented, Fazlullah said.
He said, the rate had been increased in view of the inflation, increase of management and production cost recently.
It may be mentioned that the total number of domestic consumers in the port city is 45,000 while the total number of commercial subscribers is 40,000.
The Managing Director admitted that presently the Chattogram WASA can supply water to the 70 per cent of the residents. So, vast areas of the city still remain out of the network of the Chittagong WASA.
He also said the total demand for water in the city is over 500 million litres while the CWASA can produce about 370 million litres of water daily.
Of them the Mohra Water Treatment Plant is producing 90 million litres of water daily and the rest 110 million litres are produced by the deep tube-wells. Of them 30 per cent is wasted due to system loss.
Besides, works of the Karnaphuli Water Supply Project-2 (KWSP-2) at Rangunia is going on.
Fazlullah said KWSP-2 with the production capacity of 140 million litres daily is being implemented with the financial and technical assistance of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
He said NJS of Japan has been appointed as Consultant for the project.
The consultant has completed their works for preparation of design, drawing and tender evaluation etc, WASA boss added.
Besides, construction of 140 million litres production capacity plant Karnaphuli Water Supply Project-1 (KWSP-1) at Rangunia include installation of 500-km-long new pipeline and rehabilitation of the existing age-old pipeline is going on, Fazlullah added.
He further said the project will be completed by 2020 next.
Engineer Fazlullah said with the implementation of KWSP-1 and KWSP-2, the total supply will be raised to 500 million litres daily.