Vol. 4 Num 145 Mon. October 20, 2003  
Star City

Wading through sewage in a posh area

Commuters and dwellers in and around the Gulshan Circle One are disturbed by the bad odour from the overflowing of sewage water onto the street in front of the Navana Tower building.

Daily office goers have complained that this condition has been prevailing for about six months and that no one has taken any initiative to solve the problem.

"The bad smell fades away and the water dries up in the early hours of the day, but by noon the street overflows with the sewage water that leaks from the pipes," a said commuter, who works in an office at Gulshan Circle One.

The water that leaks and overflows from the sewage line also washes out the carpeting and causes dilapidation of the road.

The authority of Navana Group is well aware of the unhygienic condition in front of their building but they feel 'helpless'.

"We are paying our monthly bills for water and sewage services to Dhaka WASA and the problem should be solved by them," said Engineer Ashok Debnath, the project manager of Navana Real Estate Ltd.

"The problem arose from the overflowing of the sewage line of Dhaka WASA. The sewerage line needs proper maintenance," the engineer added.

The authority of Navana Tower is facing difficulties in handing over the place to the owner of the shops, offices, and flats because of the nuisance, he pointed out.

"People don't want to come to the market crossing the sewage water and stench," a shop owner of Navana Tower alleged.

A Dhaka WASA source denied the allegation of lack of maintenance in the sewage lines and claimed that the leakage is in the waste water line which is maintained by Dhaka City Corporation (DCC).

"The sewage line is at the other side of the road from Navana Tower, and the water is logged in front of the building. This is not caused form the sewage lines, this has happened from waste water line," said Golam Mahbub, a sub assistant engineer of Dhaka WASA.

The overflowing sewage water in the heart of Gulshan causing hazards to commuters. PHOTO: Syed Zakir Hossain