Residents of Chittagong City to Benefit from Long-awaited Sewage System
Congestion left commuters wading ankle-deep in water to reach their destinations as private vehicles and public transport found themselves stranded on roads from the Muradpur area to Chittagong on Wednesday August 25, 2021 Dhaka Tribune
Currently, the waste is dumped into the Karnaphuli and Halda rivers through canals and from there to the sea.
The long wait for the city of Chittagong for a proper sewage system and a waste treatment plant will finally come to an end.
For 56 years, since its inception, the Chittagong Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (CWASA) has had no appropriate responsibility for sanitation, its activity being mainly limited to the supply of pure drinking water.
In the absence of a complete sewage system in the country’s second largest city, waste is dumped into the Karnaphuli and Halda rivers through canals and from there to the sea.
If the new project is implemented, the waste will be treated at the plant before being dumped.
The project will be implemented by dividing the whole city into six zones. In a first phase, out of 41 neighborhoods, 2 million city dwellers in 11 neighborhoods will be placed under the sanitation system.
According to sources at WASA, the sanitation project (first phase) of Chittagong metropolis was approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) at the end of 2018. The main objective of this project is to build a water system. sanitation for Chittagong. inhabitants by building adequate sanitation facilities.
Even if the authorities have not yet chosen the contractor for the Tk 3,808 58 77,000 project, it is certain that the work will go to a foreign company.
Of the total expenditure, the government will provide Tk 3,758 crore.
Sources close to the project said South Korean contractor Taiyong Engineering and Construction Company Ltd was pursuing the contract.
He also got the work order for the Bhandal-Juri treatment plant in Chittagong WASA and the Sheikh Russell water treatment plant in Madunaghat.
According to sources, Chinese and Korean companies have won 36 tenders for the implementation of the Chattogram WASA wastewater treatment plant project and related activities. Of these, 33 tenders were won by Chinese companies and the rest by Korean companies.
In this regard, the Project Director (PD) and supervisor of WASA engineer from Chittagong Ariful Islam said that international tenders have been launched for three lots for the sewage treatment plant project. by WASA. Of these, one company won 36 tenders and another won 33 tenders. No orders have yet been placed with an organization. It is in progress.
Although there are several contractors for the project, Taiyong is assumed to be the only bidder in this project as they are working on two projects earlier. But work on the Bhandal-Juri wastewater treatment plant project has been suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. And so, the project manager now feels the importance of discussing whether the same company is able to work on another important megaproject for the infrastructure of Bangladesh.
Sources have claimed that there are doubts about the company’s ability to handle larger projects, as the quality and progress of work on the Bhandal-Juri project is not visible as expected. The value of these three agreements will together exceed Tk4,000 crore.
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When contacted, engineer AKM Faizullah, managing director of Chittagong WASA, told UNB that many local and foreign companies have applied. Verification and sorting are ongoing in this regard. Additionally, it may take a little longer due to the ongoing pandemic. “We’ll let you know who gets the contract when it’s finalized.”
Chittagong WASA board member Kazi Mohsin said no decision was made at the WASA board meeting on who would get the contract for the implementation of the project. He said the bidding process for the project will be completed in a transparent manner. There will be no irregularities or corruption, he said.
Meanwhile, the Bhandal-Juri project under the Chittagong WASA, a 60 km long gravity pipeline, a water treatment plant, a distribution line, a pumping station with reservoirs in Patiya, another pumping in the Karnaphuli Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) and two water reservoirs will be constructed. . The Chittagong WASA Board of Directors recommended that the Korean company Taiyong take over the project as a construction contractor.
The cost of the Bhandal-Juri project has been estimated at Tk 373.80 crore. Under the Economic Development Cooperation Fund, the Korean Exim Bank provides loans for this project on favorable terms. The Bhandal-Juri project is expected to be completed by August 2022.
On the other hand, the Sheikh Russel water treatment plant (Madunaghat) is capable of refining 90 million liters of water per day.
Korean company Taiyong took three years to build it. It was built at a cost of Tk 1,890 crore as part of the Chittagong Water Supply and Sanitation Improvement Project.
Work on this project started in 2011 as a joint venture of the Government of Bangladesh, the World Bank and Chittagong WASA. Of the total expenditure, the World Bank provided Tk 1,494.90 crore, the Government of Bangladesh provided Tk 370.37 and Chittagong WASA Tk 22.54 crore for this project.
The project started on an experimental basis in November 2018. However, it was fully launched in January 2021.