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12:00 AM, March 15, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, March 15, 2019

The water business in the south west of Bangladesh

I am very thankful to this story as it is for me, for the people of Satkhira, Khulna and many remote villages in these districts. Water here indeed is very expensive. Compared to the luxury that we get in Dhaka and other cities where we have access to all purpose water for only BDT 400 a month, here a family has to pay almost BDT 600 taka just to ensure potable water.If families do not have the luxury of paying this, they then have to walk for miles in search of it. Women and girls especially are the worst victims as they are responsible for this backbreaking task. The government of Bangladesh has done brilliantly in ensuring water for millions across the country for free or minimal charge, but people in our districts are not enjoying these services even though we are equal taxpayers. Why shouldn't we get these services? I have been working on this issue for the last four years and will continue to fight for the water rights of the marginalised communities of Sathkhira.

Jahin Shams

Sathkhira

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