Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said her government has been taking measures to supply pure drinking water to grassroots people up to union levels to bring 90% population under its coverage.
“We are adopting steps to supply pure drinking water not only to Dhaka and Chittagong, but also to the union levels to bring 90 percent people under the coverage,” she said on Wednesday.
The prime minister said this while inaugurating Sheikh Hasina Water Treatment Plant-2 of Chattogram WASA at Hotel Radisson Blu in Chittagong, joining the programme virtually from her official Ganabhaban residence.
She said her government has started implementing the Delta Plan-2100 as the grassroots people can get pure drinking water and lead an improved life.
The prime minister said her government has given special focus on materialising the goal no 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which is to ensure safe water and proper drainage system for the people as everyone demands safe water.
She asked all concerned to harvest the rainwater and increase the use of surface water instead of groundwater to check the risk of earthquakes as Bangladesh is an earthquake-prone country.
The prime minister also asked to take effective measures to save the rivers particularly the Karnaphuli from pollution and preserve the river water to use for drinking purpose.
She directed the mills and factories’ owners to build their own mechanism for waste management to save the river from pollution.
She also stressed building water reservoirs while taking any project to harvest rainwater.
Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Md Tazul Islam and Chittagong City Corporation Mayor Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, spoke on the occasion.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud was present among others.
Local Government Division Senior Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed moderated the function and Chattogram WASA Managing Director Engineer AKM Fazlullah delivered the welcome address.
A video documentary on the development of Chattogram WASA was screened.