FE Today Logo

Sylhet city dwellers suffer for inadequate supply of water

OUR CORRESPONDENT | November 27, 2022 00:00:00

SYLHET, Nov 26: Sylhet city dwellers have been suffering much due to inadequate supply of pure water as they get 45 million litres against a demand of 85 million litres.

The Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) moved for establishing a new water treatment plant with 50 million litres capacity to mitigate the problem. The 6.5 billion taka project, okayed by the LGRD ministry, is now awaiting approval from the ECNEC.

The SCC can now supply only 7.7 million litres from its treatment plant in the Kuhsighat area having a capacity of 28 million litres. For technical reasons, the plant can't be operated properly.

Another old and small plant in the city's Topkhana area had long been lying inoperative due to its worn-out state while the authority wants to set up a small plant of 2 million litres capacity there.

Officials at the water supply section of the SCC informed that they can supply a maximum 45 million litres from the Kushighat plant and from the 38 production wells. Yet the deficit stands at 40 million litres a day. This is why they decided to establish a new plant on the Chengerkhal riverbank. Institute of Water Modeling (IWM) had done the feasibility study, the official added.

Accordingly, a Development Project Profile (DPP) was prepared and on approval, it was sent to the LGRD ministry. Now the 50 million litres capacity plant project has been awaiting approval of the ECNEC.

SCC mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury said, "With a target to meet the rising demand we would establish a new water treatment plant at suburban Chengerkhal. The LGRD ministry had examined and okayed the project and hopefully, it would be approved at the ECNEC soon. Then we would start the work."

Share if you like