Second Karnaphuli water supply project launched

DHAKA: The government has launched second phase of the Karnaphuli Water Supply Project to provide safe water to the inhabitants of Chittagong, said officials, reports BSS.
“Chittagong WASA has taken the project to ensure uninterrupted purified water supply from the Karnaphuli River,” Planning Division Secretary Bhuiyan Shafiqul Islam told BSS.
Under the project, a water treatment plant with the capacity of 143 million litres per day (MLD) would be set up in the port city along with installation of supply and distribution pipeline.
Chittagong WASA is entrusted with the responsibility of implementing the project in the city and Rangunia areas by January 2022. The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) has already approved the project involving Taka 4,491 crore.
Of the total project cost, the government will arrange Taka 844 crore from the national exchequer while Chittagong WASA will arrange Taka 23 crore from its own source and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will provide Taka 3,623 crore as project assistance.
Officials said the government has taken up the project in line with the Sixth Five Year Plan (SFYP), as the development document has planned to ensure safer water supply for people, and reduce diarrhoea and other waterborne diseases by 2015.
The main activities of the project are to set up a water treatment plant, construct one water intake plant, install 38 kilometre transmission pipeline and 505 kilometre distribution pipeline.
At present, Chittagong WASA is implementing the first phase of Karnaphuli Water Supply Project, which would be able to provide 143 litres per day (MLD) safe water after its completion against the total demand for 409 MLD water in the city.  Chittagong WASA is now able to supply 219 MLD safe water.
The demand for safe water in Chittagong, the second largest city of the country, is increasing gradually due to expansion of industrialisation and commercial activities.