LGRD Minister Md Tajul Islam on Sunday said the government has taken steps to develop the rivers around Dhaka so more passener boats can operate to ease traffic in the capital city.
“The bridges over rivers around Dhaka are not high enough to allow vessel movement. Already the authorities concerned have identified some bridges and directives have been given to demolish those and make the rivers suitable for navigation,” he said.
Tajul was speaking at a function marking the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Water Development Board and South City Corporation in the city.
He said the waterlogging problem in the city has eased this year due to the re-excavation of canals and eviction of illegal occupants
Tajul said most of the buildings in the city have no septic tanks. They have been warned, but response has been unsatisfactory, he said.
He also urged the authorities concerned to take strict action including shutting down the sewerage lines of those owners who refused to follow the government decision.