Flooded Dhaka streets remains perennial
July 21st, 2020 at 11:12 pm
Lack of coordination among six organisations responsible for improving Dhaka has been the main reason for the problem that has remained unsolved for decades.
Flooded Dhaka streets remains perennial

Nadeem Qadir;

City fathers come and go, residents continue to pay their taxes for a better Dhaka, but come monsoon the capital city’s roads continue to be submerged in black dirty water.

Since the rains started Monday, gradually Dhaka’s roads have gone under water making the life of several million residents miserable.

Dhaka was split into north and south for better management of services for the helpless residents, but till today water logging has not eased.

On Tuesday life almost became paralysed as commuters braving rains were forced to walk through murky water, while those on vehicles also found themselves in great difficulty to navigate to their destinations.

Many vehicles were stranded when the water stopped the engine and had to be pushed to higher grounds to restart those ill-fated cars.

Monir Hosssain, a UBER driver, told newsnextbd.com that he found himself in a precarious state when he could not drop his passenger at the destined point due to flooded street in Malibagh area.

“The passengers initially refused to pay and only agreed to pay the full fare when I convinced them that the car may get stranded in the black murky water which might force them to walk through it … it is better to take a rickshaw to their destination,” he added.

This meant the passengers had to count extra money to reach their destination when most people hard pressed due COVID-19.

According to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD), 63 mm of rainfall was recorded in only three hours from 6am to 9am on Monday, the highest so far in the ongoing monsoon.

Water and Sewerage Authority said their men were working around the clock to flush out the clogged water, but since rains continued it with rivers and canals filled to their brim it had little effect.

According to WASA Mirpur’s Rokeya Sarani, Sewrapara and Kazipara, Tejgaon and Karwan Bazar, Moghbazar, Malibagh and Mouchak, Dhanmondi 27, Asadgate, Darussalam Road, Bongsal, Alauddin Road, Nazirabazar, Lalbagh, Banglamotor, Rajabazar, Shukrabad, Bijoynagar, Fakirapool, Mohakhali and Green Road were badly affected.

Dug up roads for mega projects or utility services also contributed to the flooding of the capital city.

Experts said lack of coordination among six organisations responsible for improving Dhaka has been the main reason for the problem that has remained unsolved for decades.

It is high time for Dhaka fathers and the local government to sit and brainstorm the best way to end this misery of its residents or stop asking for taxes.

It is never a one-way traffic and our two mayors must rise up to this issue to have their names engraved in golden letters.

Nadeem Qadir is a senior Bangladeshi journalist and a Dag Hammarskjöld fellow,- newsnextbd.com