Obaidur Masum, Senior Correspondent, bdnews24.com
Published: 2021-06-23 02:30:50 BdST
The roads in Gawair's Majhibari and nearby areas are submerged in knee to waist-high water. To avoid getting wet, locals are commuting by boat while others are taking rickshaws.
Most of the ground floors of multi-storey houses have been flooded by rainwater. But some of the old semi-concrete houses have been hit hardest, with the water inundating kitchens and toilets, much to the dismay of residents.
The situation has caused many to leave their homes while there has also been an exodus of tenants from the area.
"All that is left is for us to fall at the feet of the mayor, MP and former chairman and beg. We're finished. We have spent hundreds of thousands of takas to build a house but now the tenants are leaving. I, too, am facing a dilemma.”
Apart from Gawair's Majhibari Road, many other areas. including Nagaria Bari, Chalaban, School Road, Peyara Bagan, Anwara Bagh, Chairmanpara, Mollartek and Dakshinkhan Bazar, are waterlogged.
According to some locals, the rainwater in the whole area would previously flow south through drains, canals and lowlands into the Balu River.
But in the last few years, the low-lying areas have been filled by housing projects of Ashiyan City, Banarupa Residential Area and Jamuna Group. As a result, there is no outlet for the accumulated pool.
Nur Jahan, a resident of Iajuddin Road, said the ground floor of her house has been knee-deep in water for more than a month. She has to wade through the water every day to get to the pharmacy on Dakshinkhan Road.
Abdul Wahab, another resident of Iajuddin Road, said the problems with drainage has persisted for the past seven or eight years.
“Each monsoon comes with more misery. We have somehow survived by fighting the waterlogging. There is no place to relieve ourselves as the toilet is under water. There is no place to eat. I can't even cook as even the stove is submerged."
'Sujan', a local resident who works in an NGO in Banani, said it was possible to take his motorcycle out a few weeks ago when the water levels were lower. But now, his motorcycle remains grounded at home.
Children too are suffering due to waterlogging.
"Schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic so children can't go out just like that. At least they had an opportunity to play sports on the roads in front of their houses but now these are inundated.”
Despite the absence of a canal, the water would flow out through the low-lying areas from Northern University to the Barua Bridge.
But the two projects of Ashiyan City and Jamuna Group have filled up the low lands. As a result, there is no scope for the water to escape.
Tofazzal said that while he was the chairman, a pipeline was laid from Ashkona to Lake City through Ashiyan City.
Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Atiqul Islam said the newly added wards did not have any drainage system, causing severe waterlogging.
“ECNEC has approved a project to develop drainage and roads in the new wards. We couldn't start it because of the coronavirus pandemic. Hopefully this time we can get some money and start working in the new areas in phases. ”
In June of that year, the government published a gazette expanding Dhaka city. local councillors were tasked with overseeing the newly-added wards after the 2020 city corporation elections.
These areas on the outskirts Dhaka have gone through a phase of unplanned urbanisation and as a result, its residents are suffering from inadequate roads and drainage system.