Mayor of South Dhaka Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh has blamed management of development projects, including Metro Rail, for causing waterlogging in the capital and consequent public sufferings. “Their lack of coordination and inability to consider the bigger picture is one of the reasons behind waterlogging in the capital,” he told reporters after inaugurating a playground at Tikatuli in Ward 39 of the city on Wednesday. “ For example , the waterlogging problem in Sonir Akhra has not been solved even after recovering the Kajla canal of the area because of the metro rail project going on in that area.” “ We are trying to coordinate with the development project runners and are hopeful to solve this problem very soon,” the DSCC Mayor added. READ: Return to Dhaka after lockdown ends: Mayor Taposh Besides, the city dwellers have not stopped indiscriminate dumping of wastes and plastic bottles which are blocking the drainage system, jeopardising all efforts in solving waterlogging problem, a disappointed mayor added. "Dhaka South City Corporation is working to solve the problem of waterlogging. Once that is done, the city dwellers will gradually be relieved of the sufferings, "Taposh said. On the issue of waterlogging in Motijheel area, the mayor said, "The contractor was not able to complete the project on time. Work is also underway to alleviate waterlogging on the Toynbee Circular Road in Fakirapul. Once these are completed, there will be no waterlogging. " READ: Close shops by 8 pm: Mayor Taposh Earlier today, the mayor inaugurated the Interim Waste Transfer Center at Muktangan in Ward 13 of the city and inspected development works and sewer cleaning activities from Fakirapul Junction to Motijheel Petrol Pump area. He later visited several waterlogged areas from Rayerbagh to Sonir Akhra. He also inaugurated Azimpur Children's Park.
Copious seasonal showers led to waterlogging and traffic congestion in several parts of the capital on Tuesday morning, washing away the tall claims of monsoon preparedness by the civic bodies. According to Bangladesh Meteorological Department, the metropolis received 18 mm of rainfall from 6am to 9am. As usual, several areas of the city faced waterlogging problems -- Mirpur, Kazipara and Shewrapara being the worst hit. Also read: 15 mm rain submerge parts of Dhaka, likely to continue Busy roads and office areas of Tejgaon, Satrasta, Motijheel, Dainik Bangla, Fakirapul, Kakrail, Shantinagar, Nightingale crossing and Bijaynagar also bore the brunt of the morning rains. orth Bay, there is no likelihood of rainfall activity stopping in the next 72 hours in the country.
Torrential monsoon rain swamped many parts of the capital on Monday, disrupting public movement and triggering a traffic chaos. According to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department, 12mm of rain was recorded in the last 24 hours in Dhaka until 6am Monday. Read: Bottle-shape wastebin to symbolise fight against plastic pollution and waterlogging Besides, 3 mm rain was recorded from 6 am till 3 pm on Monday afternoon. As usual, this was enough to shatter the tall claims of monsoon preparedness made by the city's municipal corporations, as several areas faced waterlogging problems. The sorry state of Mirpur,Rampura and Badda remained the same as they were the hardest hit areas of waterlogging and people of those areas were seen wading through ankle-deep water to reach their destination showers relented. The other affected areas are Sewrapara, Kazipara part of Begum Rokeya Sarani, Agargaon crossing, Bijoy Sarani crossing, Kalabagan, Farmgate , Shegunbagicha, Bijoy Nagari, Motsho Bhaban , Green Road and Fakirapool areas have also been inundated, reported our correspondents. Read: Heavy rains batter Khulna, cause sufferings A number of vehicles remained stranded at different city streets due to waterlogging since morning. Bangladesh Meteorological Department couldn’t provide any relieving information as they predicted the rainfall to continue across the country including Dhaka. According to the Met Office website, light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur at most places over Khulna, Barishal and Chattogram divisions and at many places over Rajshahi, Rangpur, Dhaka, Mymensingh and Sylhet divisions with moderately heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places over the southern part of the country.
Heavy monsoon rain pouring since Saturday morning flooded streets, caused waterlogging and disrupted traffic and public life in this south-western city. Overflowing rainwater swamped many shops, office buildings and houses. The meteorological office recorded 81 mm of rain from 6 am Saturday to 12 pm Sunday. READ: Heavy rains trigger landslide, floods in Indonesia; 44 dead The city's Royal Junction, Baiti Para Road, Mistri Para, Jinnah Para, Shipyard Road and other low-lying areas were inundated due to the torrential downpour. High fares charged by rickshaws, battery-powered easy bikes and three-wheelers compounded sufferings of the commuters. READ: Heavy rains hit India as Cyclone Nivar approaches
In the monsoon, waterlogging is one of the greatest concerns for city dwellers. It has been found that the majority of the waste that clogs the drainage are plastic bottles and plastic bags. Experts have attributed this to a lack of public awareness and good practice about the environment among city dwellers and said it would be impossible for the government or the city corporation to solve the waterlogging problem if people don’t take responsibility. To reduce the volume of plastic added into the drainage system and raise awareness, Dhaka South City Corporation’s Ward-21 councilor Mohammad Asaduzzaman has set up a bottle-shaped plastic collection point at Dhaka University's TSC area, and likely to put another 7 bottle-shaped plastic collection points across the 21st ward of Dhaka South City Corporation. Also read: Plastic waste increases from 178 tons per day in 2005 to 646 tons in 2020 in Dhaka The placard attached to the bottle reads "Put the plastic waste inside the bottle and help put an end to water-logging." Contacted, councilor Mohammad Asaduzzaman told UNB, “Although WASA was supposed to clean the drain in the previous years, this year the responsibility has come on us. When we were conducting the drainage cleaning program, we noticed that plastic waste was mainly blamed for hindering water flow and logging in the drainage system. We have collected approximately one and a half thousand bottles from almost every manhole.” Also read: Fighting plastic pollution: EcoVia working to transform RMG waste “So, I planned to set up such a bottle-shaped waste bin to motivate people to throw away these bottles in a dustbin, it is possible to prevent unwanted waterlogging. I believe that a unique awareness program can motivate people in a positive way,” he added. He claimed that he personally sponsored full money for the project. “In a program sponsored by Coca-Cola, I saw that the whole stage was arranged in the shape of a Coke bottle. I thought my problem is also bottle centered so let’s do something with the bottle shape,” he explained.
The constricted drainage network in the district's Burichang upazila headquarters has proved to be inadequate yet again. Several roads in the upazila have gone under water due to the incessant showers over the past few days. At many places, road potholes have proliferated, causing immense sufferings to the commuters. Like every year, the rains have inundated the tall claims of the local authorities on monsoon preparedness. A reality check by UNB revealed the poor condition of roads in several parts of the upazila, particularly the Cumilla-Burichang-Brahmanpara-Mirpur stretch and the otherwise busy Sarakekhana. Read Also: Monsoons bring back the menace of waterlogging The monsoon fury did not even spare the Upazila Awami League office. Local residents attributed the waterlogging to the upazila's poor drainage system. "It's the same old story every year. Despite repeated requests, the authorities are yet to take a concrete step to overhaul the drainage network," said a resident. Also read: Waterlogging piles agony on Satkhira municipality residents According to residents, the potholed roads are responsible for a number of accidents in the area during the monsoon season. "It's high time that the authorities put an end to the sufferings of the public," said another local resident. Upazila officials could not be contacted.
Incessant rain for the past two days has marooned around 38,000 people in different areas of Bagerhat district imposing huge sufferings to the locals on Friday.
An effective and smooth drainage system is a precondition to an ideal city as it ensures quick removal of rain and waste waters from the streets to different natural water bodies.
Keeping pace with the time, Dhaka has witnessed so many developments in the last few decades. But the city’s residents still don’t see any respite from waterlogging, one of the core problems of the capital during the monsoon months.