As part of the Dhaka South City Corporation's (DSCC) crash programme for waste removal and channel cleaning to free Dhaka dwellers from waterlogging issues, 20,000 tonnes of waste and soil were removed from Jirani canal in the last 10 days.
At the same time, 649.95 tonnes of waste were removed from Segunbagicha and Panthapath box culverts, reads a press release.
Illegal installations located within the boundaries of the city's Manda Canal and adjacent to the Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA) Pump House in TT Para were evicted on Monday.
DSCC Property Officer and Executive Magistrate Mohammad Muniruzzaman evicted five illegal shops set up near the WASA Pump House in TT Para.
At the same time, DSCC Executive Magistrate AH Irfan Uddin Ahmed and Tanjila Kabir Tropa led the demolition of four bridges and 20 buildings within the boundaries of Manda Canal.
Regarding the ongoing waste removal activities, DSCC Chief Waste Management Officer Md Badrul Amin said, "We have already removed waste from 28 of 29 pits of the Panthapath box culvert. We were also able to remove waste from 13 pits of Segunbagicha box culvert."
We used a variety of tools, including dredgers, in the middle of the two pits, but the work is still quite complicated. Therefore, as per the target stipulated by the mayor, we have been working in collaboration with local and foreign experts and organisations to remove the waste from the middle section of the two pits, he added.