Dhaka, Bangladesh
BCC to clean city drains before rainy season

BCC to clean city drains before rainy season

Our Correspondent BARISHAL, Feb 10: Barishal City Corporation (BCC) has started massive drive to remove silt, mud and other garbage from the drainage system of the city to save the city from water logging during rainy season. "Garbage of 22 km drain was fully removed from city area. This operation started one week ago and it would continue till next week," said Khairul Hasan, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BCC. "Most of the drains of Barishal have turned into garbage stores blocking total drainage system, and as a result, water logging flooded Barishal city. To remove this water logging, BCC authority started massive drive," he added. Dr Rabiul Islam, in-charge of Conservancy of BCC, said at least one hundred labourers are engaged in this massive operation. Work in Sadar Road, Hospital Road, Bazar Road, Bagura Road area already ended. According to BCC, the total length of drainage of the city is 376 kilometers-- of which 212 km are made of concrete, and 164 km are soil drains. Water logging was a common problem of the City due to unplanned waste disposal and improper waste management. City dwellers are facing environmental degradation and health risks due to blockages in the drainage system, said Manabendra Batabayel, a senior citizen. "BCC failed to remove total garbage from concrete drainage since last 10 years, and as a result, it silted day by day," said Belal Hossain Chowdhury, a freedom fighter. After visiting the city area, it was found that most of the drains are full of plastic bottles, packs and other garbage. Begum Shamsunnahar, 70, said, "I did not see any worker of BCC cleaning the drain in the last seven years." "Often the dirty drain water overflows on the roads that create an unhygienic situation," said Dasgupta Ashis Kumar, a school teacher. We are facing problem with our children to go to school," said Rani Begum, a housewife. Barishal Civil Surgeon Dr. Monwar Hossain said if dirty water stuck in city area, it may cause waterborne diseases like malaria, gastroenteritis, jaundice and other diseases. Shuvongkar Chakrabary, Secretary of Banagladesh Paribesh Andolon Barishal district unit, said, "We demanded this cleaning operation of the city to be continued round the year."

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