To protect the people of Chittagong from the pollution of man-made waste, Chittagong WASA has undertaken a sewage treatment project for the first time. The work of the first catchman or refinery of the ongoing project has started at Halishahar in the city. In this project of 3 thousand 808 crore rupees, the people of Patenga area of the city will also be covered along with Halishahar. And the entire city will have to wait till 2032 to be covered by the sewage treatment project.
According to a survey by Chittagong WASA, the amount of human waste in the city is at least 800 tons per day. In 2070, the amount will be 300 million liters. WASA has divided the city into six zones to implement the sewerage project.
Work has also started in Halishahar zone. Construction of catchman or water treatment plant is going on in Chouchala area. Sewage pipelines are being laid under the roads across two hundred kilometers of the city to bring sewage from people’s homes to treatment plants. When the work is completed in 2026, 100 million liters of sewage can be discharged per day.
Mohammad Ariful Islam, Director of Chittagong Wasar Sewerage Project, told Independent Television, ‘We have to cut the roads and install the pipes by managing the traffic on various busy roads. Hopefully, we can finish this work by the end of 2025.’
Chittagong WASA said that if the project is implemented 100%, the entire city can be brought under sewage treatment by 2032.
Chittagong WASA managing director AKM Fazlullah said, ‘The remaining three have also been our finance lineup. Two will be done by JICA and another by South Korea. If no other problems arise in Chittagong city by 2032, then the entire city will come under sewerage.
Welcoming the sewerage project, urban planners say that the rules must be followed.
Former President of Engineers Institute of Bangladesh, Delwar Majumdar said, as far as I have heard, city dwellers have to pay a bill equal to the water bill to get this service. This will double the bill.
Apart from Halishahar, several works including feasibility study of five catchmen for Kalurghat, Fatehabad, Baklia, Kattali and Patenga zones have already been completed.