The water resources ministry is working to develop the Dhaka-Narayanganj-Dhaka (DND) dam in the style of Hatirjheel.
Once the work is done, around 2.2 million people in Narayanganj will get relief from water logging and the area will turn into an entertainment spot, said Deputy Minister for Water Resources AKM Enamul Haque Shamim.
Enamul had been linked to politics since his student days at Jahangirnagar University and acted as Chhatra League general secretary and president.
He was also elected VP of the institution.
After leaving student politics, he became a member of Awami League’s working committee.
Calling the Ganges water treaty a success by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he observed, “This has been possible due to the PM’s sagacity and the roles played by former foreign minister late Abdus Saman Azad and former water resources minister late Abdur Razzak.”
Terming the water resources ministry different from other ministries, he said, “Humanitarian work trumps development work in this ministry and the main work here is to prevent erosion and save people from water logging.”
The main challenge at this moment is to develop defence systems to counter erosion and work on water logging, said the deputy minister.
I have visited erosion hit areas in Shariatpur, Rajbari, Tangail and will also go to other areas in Chattogram and Sylhet’s haor areas, he observed.
“With joint initiative with the ministry of shipping, work has started to evict illegal occupiers and we will also work to make the rivers free of pollution.”
Efforts to stop dumping of waste and polythene can save the rivers, he commented and added, “I will try my utmost to work with sincerity, trust and integrity.”