Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday laid the foundation stone of a new treatment plant that would supply water from Padma River to the residents of capital Dhaka.
The Padma (Jashaldia) Water Treatment Plant would be constructed at Jashaldia of Louhjong sub-district in Munsiganj district at a cost of Tk 3,508 crore with Chinese financial support.
The project, once is implemented in 2018, will supply 45 crore water every day in Dhaka.
Minister for Local Government and Cooperatives Engineer Mosharraf Hossain presided over the foundation stone laying ceremony at Sonargaon Hotel, from where Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the project through video conference.
Managing Director of Dhaka Wasa Taksem A Khan gave welcome address while Chinese ambassador to Bangladesh Ma Mingquing and chairman and president of China CAMC Engineering Co. Ltd Ms. Luo Yan, and secretary of Local Government Division Abdul Malek attended the function as guests.
The water of the plant would be supplied to meet the water demand of Dhaka City’s Mitford, Nawabpur, Lalbagh, Hazaribagh, Dhanmondi, Mohammadpur and adjacent areas, according to WASA.
The project would reduce the pressure on groundwater resources and develop an environment friendly and sustainable water supply system for Dhaka City.
The Prime Minister said three more water treatment plants will be constructed. The planned plants would be constructed at Dhalpur (Saidabad-3rd phase), Char Ghandhappur of Narayanganj and Tetuljhara of Savar to meet the growing demand of the expanding Dhaka City, she said.
Sheikh Hasina said the government has already completed water supply master plan and sewerage master plan for Dhaka and drainage master plan would be completed very shortly.