A few hundred residents of Halishahar area brings out a procession from the press club area in Chittagong city yesterday, demanding adequate supply of water from the Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa). They marched towards the Wasa office and staged a protest before it for some time, carrying festoons, banners and empty pitchers emblazoned with their demands. Photo: Anurup Kanti Das
Residents of Halishahar in Chittagong city yesterday laid siege to Chittagong Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) building for an hour from 11:00am demanding the authorities immediately solve the prevailing water crisis.
Residents of Halishahar blocks A, B, I, J, New A, New I and H, Notun Bazar and Eidgaon area, who are dependent on water, being supplied from the Wasa, for drinking and daily chores, have been suffering from water crisis since arrival of summer, alleged the locals.
Md Shiblu, a resident of block-A, said they did not get even a single drop of water from the Wasa in the last two weeks.
Ayesha Siddiqa, of Soraipara, said three months ago, the Wasa used to supply water in the area on every Thursday and Friday from 12:00noon to 8:00pm but now there is no water at all. “We have to buy water jars and bottles,” she added.
Chittagong Wasa Managing Director AKM Fazlullah said around 50 crore litres of water is needed to meet the demand of the port city while the production is limited to only 19 to 21 crore litres.
No new project for projecting water has been implemented in the last 27 years.
A 14-member committee, comprising five Wasa officials and nine local representatives, was formed to solve the water crisis within a week.
Agitated locals also formed a human chain before Chittagong Press Club around 9:30am and handed over a memorandum to Fazlullah press home their demand at 12:00noon.