• Friday, Jan 21, 2022
  • Last Update : 03:32 am

Experts urge government to increase budget for water, sanitation sectors

  • Published at 10:33 pm August 30th, 2018
WEB_rountable on water, ecosystem and human development_World Water Week_Edited_30.08.2018.jpg
Speakers discuss water and sanitation issues during a round-table event on the occasion of World Water Week 2018 at the daily Bhorer Kagoj conference room in Dhaka on Thursday, August 30, 2018 Rafikul Islam/Dhaka Tribune

Water and sanitation experts made several suggestions regarding improvement in these sectors during  a discussion on Thursday, observing World Water Week 2018

Speakers at a round-table discussion yesterday urged the government to increase investment in the water and sanitation sectors by increasing the budget allocation.

The need for increase in the budget allocation was to facilitate raising public awareness and improving coordination among different ministries and NGOs in order to make the urban areas liveable. 

The experts also sought nature-based solutions to water crisis, titled “Water, Ecosystems and Human Development,” organized to mark World Water Week 2018. 

The event was jointly organized by WaterAid Bangladesh, Bangladesh WASH Alliance, UN affiliate Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), Freshwater Action Network South Asia, Sanitation and Water for All, and Bangla daily Bhorer Kagoj, at the newspaper’s conference room in Dhaka. 

World Water Weekis an annual event observed by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). It is the focal point for the world’s water issues. This year, it is being observed on August 26-31. 

Prof Dr Md Mujibur Rahman, civil engineering professor at Buet, who read the keynote paper, said the government spent a huge amount of money on Dhaka’s sewerage system, but it was not spent in the correct manner. “Dhaka gets inundated even after a little rain,” he said.

“The government should invest more in green and ecologically friendly infrastructure to achieve Sustainable Development Goals. We should find a nature-based solution for socio-economic development,” he further said.

Bhorer Kagoj Editor Shyamal Dutta, who moderated the discussion, said everyone should come forward to maintain a sustainable ecosystem.

“As water is the most important commodity for our life, we have to be alert about water pollution and work to protect the environment,” he added.  

Food security and nutrition specialist Habibur Rahman said: “India has built barrages on different common rivers to block river water flow, which is drying up the Bangladesh side of the rivers in the northern districts. The northern region is turning into a desert, so we have to find solutions.” 

The speakers also said the quality of life was on the decline not only in Dhaka, but in the entire country, as public health was at risk due to water and sanitation issues. 

They emphasized the need for integrated solutions in water development plans that consider political, social and local realities.

Md Abul Kashem, adviser at Dhaka Wasa, said they were thinking of bringing water from the Padma and Meghna Rivers and set up infiltration system of rainwater to ensure safe water supply to Dhaka residents. 

“We have also taken an initiative to set up five sewerage systems across Dhaka to prevent flash floods. One of those systems is going to be one of the largest in Asia, and its construction will be completed by 2025,” he further said.

Facebook 61
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail