Chattogram Wasa has appointed a Malaysian consulting firm ERINCO to design its sewerage system and supervise the construction work.
To this end, they signed a contract in a ceremony at Radisson Blu Bay View in the port city yesterday.
Wasa, for the first time, is going to construct its sewerage system for the port city, which has an estimated population of seven million, according to Chattogram City Corporation.
Almost all the waste, no matter liquid or solid, end up in the rivers Karnaphuli and Halda, wreaking havoc on the two important waterbodies, said speakers at the ceremony.
Tk 3,808 crore will be an expenditure in the first phase of the project and the lion’s share will come from the Bangladesh government, they said.
The sewerage construction will begin in August next year and expected to be completed by June 2023. LGRD Minister Md Tajul Islam, who attended the programme as chief guest, said waterbodies have been bearing the brunt of the human and liquid sludge in absence of a functioning sewerage system.
The government has aimed to treat the sludge so that it can meet the criteria for Bangladesh of being a developed country, a goal set to be achieved by 2030, Tajul said.
“We must have preparation for treating our waste,” he added.
The speakers said two million people will come under the sewerage system after completion of the project to be implemented in six phases.
Chattogram City Corporation Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin and Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Atiqul Islam were present among others on the occasion.