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PM keen to solve waterlogging in Ctg : Engr Mosharraf

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Chittagong Bureau :
Port city Chittagong  has turned into a water-logged  city   during rainy season and the high tide period  of the sea. During high tide in Bay, the low-lying areas of the city remain submersed left untold sufferings of the residents.
The  city dwellers   of Chittagong may be free from water logging during the rainy season as the government formulated  projects of Tk 6,000 crores  is implemented  finally . In every rainy season and even during the monsoon rain  in Chittagong,  are suffering from water logging. "Prime Minister is taking Tk 6000 crore mega  projects to solve water logging crisis in Chittagong permanently," said Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, minister for Works and Housing and a presidium member of ruling Awami League.
Addressing a view exchange meeting with the journalists at Chittagong Press Club on Friday evening, Mosharraf Hossain MP said government  has formulated a plan  to solve the water logging crisis in Chittagong. . The mega project will be sent to ECNEC very soon for approval, he added.
He further said the government will construct a journalist's village in Chittagong under his ministry. The journalists can take bank loan for getting flat from the village at 8 percent rate of interest. Hossain met with Minister Sheikh Hasina alongwith CDA Chairman Abdus Salam and experts for solving the crisis of water logging of Chittagong, according to sources. They have submitted the projects of Tk 6000 crore. Prime Minister ensured allocating the fund in this regard after approval of ECNEC.
He stressed on the combined activities of Chittagong Development Authority (CDA), Chitta-gong City Corporation (CCC) and other government organizations concerned to make Chittagong a most modern and beautiful one. But, he expressed dissatisfaction over the activities of CDA and CCC  in this regard.
He said government is working to make Bangladesh self dependent. He also described several development projects including the Economic Zone at Mirerswari, Karnaphuli tunnel at the view exchange meeting. President of Chittagong Press Club Kalim Sarwar chaired the meeting while journalist's leaders and senior journalists were present.  
Locals also alleged that CCC could do nothing better to free the city-dwellers from the curse of water-logging. So, water logging makes the life of Chittagong city dwellers miserable as the roads and low laying areas inundated in rainy season in every year. As a result, water logging became one of the prime problems of the port city in rainy season in every year. Normal raining is causing the water logging in the low-lying areas in the city regularly.  As a result, the city dwellers in the low-lying areas of Chittagong suffered due to the water logging in rainy season.
However, there is no drainage system in the port city Chittagong. Despite the Master Plan of CDA, no government authorities including CDA, WASA or CCC  took initiatives to develop drainage system in Chittagong City for a long time.  
Meanwhile, most of the drains in the city have already been damaged due to the unplanned construction and throwing the wastes to the drains by the city dwellers.    As a result, the rainwater cannot be flown away  to the river due to lack of proper  drains and canals. 

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