PM suggests separate supply line
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed the authorities to install two separate supply lines to distribute water for drinking and general uses for the city dwellers to stop wastage and resolve the existing problems.
She issued the instructions for the Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) during discussions when a 19-member delegation of Bangabandhu Prokaushali Parishad and Institution of Engineers Bangladesh led by its president Professor SM Nazrul Islam met her at the PM's office.
Hasina also emphasised preserving rainwater to use for domestic purposes.
She said these would help fulfil the demand for pure drinking water as well as reduce wastage of water and additional supply cost that goes for purifying the total Wasa water.
PM's Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad briefed newsmen after the meeting.
Regarding the growing demand for electricity, Hasina said introducing solar panels in the cities' educational institutions can play a vital role in reducing pressure on the national grid.
She said the previous Awami League government had improved the country's power situation significantly by increasing the power generation to a remarkable level, but, in the last seven years, the situation only had deteriorated.
However, the present government has again been successful in ensuring proper management in power supply and the situation has started improving again.
The PM mentioned the government's new daylight saving initiative in this reference.
She asked the engineers to work with sincerity and honesty from their respective positions for implementing the government's all development measures and projects to ensure maximum welfare of the masses.
The PM further said the government has come to know that a group of people are out to create obstacle in the process of implementing the development programmes of her government.
"We will take only the interests of the mass people into account. I am saying it very clearly that if anyone is found indifferent or creating impediment to the development projects' implementation, the government will be compelled to take stern action against them."
Hasina said that in the last seven years, the corrupt and greedy people had ruined the country to satisfy their parochial purposes.
"The greedy people are still active to stop people's development. Remain alert about them," she said.
At the outset of the meeting, the delegation mourned the death of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members slain on August 15, 1975.
The PM also gave the engineers a patient hearing when they apprised her of their needs and problems.
Engineer Mesbahur Rahman Tutul, Golam Mustafa and M Abdus Sabur were among others present.