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Acute water crisis grips Khulna city

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Staff Correspondent, Khulna

Water crisis in Khulna city has turned acute as Khulna Wasa can supply only half of two crore ten lakh litres of water that is required for 15 lakh city dwellers.
The crisis is most acute in areas under Daulatpur, Khalishpur and Khan Jahan Ali police Stations.
Long queues of people are often seen at water sources, especially the vehicles that provide mobile service from Wasa.
After formal inaugurated on March 5 in 2008, Khulna Wasa started functioning independently on September 16, 2008.
The office of former Water Works Department of Khulna City Corporation was handed over for use as Wasa office while 130 permanent officials and employees as well as 138 master roll workers of Water Works Department were absorbed with Wasa.
There are 35 big and 21 small pumps, 3748 deep tube-wells and 5532 shallow ones under Khulna Wasa in the city.
There is 224-kilometre long pipeline for supplying water to the city residents.
But water supply situation in the city has not improved at all since Khulna Wasa took up the charge two years ago, said several city dwellers.
"Frequent load shedding and drastic fall in underground water level are two main causes behind failure to ensure steady supply of water as most of the pumps remain inactive. More time will be needed to solve the problem," Wasa Managing Director Mohammad Abdullah said.

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