HC asks explanation on ‘Wasa’s contaminated water supply’

Senior Correspondent, Barta24.com
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The High Court has asked Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) to submit an explanation before it regarding its contaminated water.

The bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam passed the order on Sunday, following a report placed by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD).

According to the order, water supplied by the Wasa at four zones out of 10 zones are contaminated with arsenic, chlorine, E. coli and ammonia.

The LGRD ministry tested the water of 34 areas in 10 zones and had them tested at the laboratories of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka University and International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Re-search, Bangladesh.

Recently, the LGRD ministry submitted the report to the attorney general’s office.

Hearing a writ petition, the same bench on May 21 directed the LGRD ministry to test Wasa water supplied to 34 areas.

It has also directed the Wasa to pay Tk 1.7 lakh to a committee formed by the LGRD ministry for the test and asked the ministry to submit the test report before it.