Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) mayor Atiqul Islam has said that CCTV cameras will be installed to stop the dumping of waste in the canal.
He said the canal is not a dustbin, nor a place for dumping garbage, it is a reservoir. So no conscious citizen can throw waste in canals or any other water body.
He made the remarks while inspecting the Mohammadpur area of the capital and the Ramchandrapur canal cleaning work on the spot on Saturday (October 23rd).
The DNCC mayor said a search of several buildings on both sides of the canal found no septic tanks or soak wells in any of them. If effective septic tanks cannot be ensured in those buildings within the next 6 months, legal action will be taken. In addition, CCTV cameras will be installed to stop the dumping of waste in the canal. If anyone dumps waste, legal action will be taken against them.
Atiqul Islam said untreated sewage goes directly to drains or canals as most of the buildings in the capital do not have effective septic tanks and soak wells. As a result, the overall environment including water is being polluted.
The DNCC mayor added that developer companies also need to ensure effective measures for waste management as well as building development. The boundaries of the canals in the DNCC area will be demarcated by next November in collaboration with the Army. The structures that have been built by illegally occupying the canal will be demolished. Illegal occupants will be evicted without notice.
Among others, DNCC Chief Executive Officer Selim Reza, Chief Engineer Brigadier General Muhammad Amirul Islam, Chief Waste Management Officer Commodore S. M. Sharif-ul-Islam, local councilor Asif Ahmed and others were present.