The Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (DWASA) has inaugurated its first phase of well field construction for supplying water to Dhaka's Mirpur, Rupnagar, Pallabi and Shahj Ali areas yesterday.The well inaugurated by Taqsem Ahmed Khan, Managing Director of DWASA will supply 15 crore liter of water per day from a natural source created about 4000 years back.
The MD of DWASA said that a glacier of the Himalayas was found about ten year ago about 150 meter under the ground in Dhaka's Savar and Manikganj's Singair. The water of the glacier that found at Savar's Tetuljhora-Bhakurta is mixed with natural minerals including iron.
The cost of the project at Tetuljhora was estimated at Tk 573 crore and funded by the Export Import Bank of Korea. The Bangladesh government is supposed to contribute Tk 200 and DWASA's contribution is Tk 10 crore, Taqsem Ahmed Khan briefed the media at the inaugural ceremony of the project.
A total of 46 pumps were set up at the projects for abstracting underground water from the water reservoirs for supplying to Mirpur Mazar Road, all sections of Mirpur, Rupnagar, Pallabi, Mirpur DOHS, Ahmednagar, North Bishil, Monipur, Senpara and other adjacent areas covering at least 15 million people.
Two separate iron removing plants were set up at the project areas, the MD of WASA said adding that the quality of the water of the project is very good and free from all sorts of germs. The 42-kilometer pipeline for connecting the Mirpur belt is being completed within a month, Engineer Taqsem A Khan said.
The MD told the media that preparation for replacing all the old pipelines of WASA has been taken and through introducing District Metering Area (DMA), which is first ever in Bangladesh among the SAARC countries.In response to a query, Taqsem Ahmed Khan told the journalists that there is no possibility of price rise of DWASA's water.
The project will be completed by January next year, the DWASA MD said adding that the second phase of the work at Singair under Manikganj district will start after the completion of the ongoing Tetuljhora project.The Singair project will supply 15 crore liters of water to the capital Dhaka city from the over ground reservoir, the MD said adding that the capacity of the projects in supplying water may be increased if necessary without involving further investment or technical changes.
Korean company Hyundai Rotem and Hankuk Engineering Consultants Company Limited are working in the project, the MD concluded following visiting the construction sites with the media people.
-Tapan Khan, AA
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