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12:00 AM, February 14, 2011 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 14, 2011

$300m needed for safer Dhaka: JS body report

The government and the city dwellers should work together to save the remaining 20 percent of the wetland and water bodies in Dhaka City Corporation, suggests a parliamentary standing committee report.
According to the report, a safer Dhaka is possible in the next 10 years at a cost of $300 million.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on the environment and forest ministry prepared the report analysing the satellite images of the capital with assistance from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The House body released three reports at a press conference at the parliament yesterday.
At present, there are 61.31 square kilometre water bodies in the capital, said one of the reports titled Identifying Sustainable Strategies to Restore the Rivers and other Associated Wetlands in and around Dhaka city.
Most of water bodies including rivers, canals and other wetlands within 360 square kilometre of DCC are in the eastern side of the city.
They should be immediately declared ecologically critical area to conserve at least 40 percent of the remaining 166 square kilometer open space, the report says.
The two other reports are: Pollution Abatement Strategies for Rivers and Wetlands in and Around Dhaka city and Bangladesh Environment and Climate Resilient Sustainable Development Vision.
The pollution abatement report recommends making a 14-km long alternative sewerage channel to drain out the industrial waste of Hazaribagh tannery to the Pagla lagoon.
It also suggests setting up a central effluent treatment plant (ETP) at the end of the Dhaka Narayanganj Demra (DND) canal that can treat up to 5,00,000 cubic metre of liquid waste before falling in the Shitalakkhya river.
Setting up a bio-fertiliser plant at the Dasherkandi village of Trimohini and making a separate sewage channel at Begunbari-Hatirjheel for discharging the industrial and household waste to the bio-fertilizer plant at Dasherkandi are among other recommendations.

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