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HC wants to know steps, plan to seal off drains, sewerage lines linked to Buriganga

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Staff Reporter :
The High Court on Wednesday wanted to know specifically the steps and plan of Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA) to implement its directives given in 2011 for sealing off the drains and sewerage lines linked to the Buriganga River and to stop its pollution.
The court directed Dhaka Wasa's Managing Director Taqsem A Khan to submit a report on the steps and plan to this court by an affidavit by January 21.
The HC bench of Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore and Justice Mohammad Ullah passed the order after holding hearing on a pending writ petition.
Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB), a Rights organization, filed the petition in May 2010 seeking necessary directives to seal off the drains and sewerage lines connected to the Buriganga and to save it from pollution.
The HC bench observed that the Dhaka WASA is very slow in implementing its 2011 directives.
If Dhaka Wasa operates with this speed, the 2011 HC directives will not be implemented and the pollution of Buriganga River will not be stopped, the HC bench observed.
Earlier in the day, the Managing Director of Dhaka WASA submitted a compliance report to the HC through his lawyer Umme Salma saying that WASA has sealed off several unauthorized sewerage lines in some areas of the capital including Kalabagan and Palasey and has handed over the responsibility of the canals to Dhaka city corporation authorities.
Advocate Manzill Murshid appeared in the court on behalf of the writ petitioner, while advocate Umme Salma represented the Dhaka WASA.

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