Waterlogging in Dhaka: Collective failure made it perennial

The desire expressed by the two Dhaka city mayors to take over the responsibility of drainage management from Dhaka Wasa in a bid to end the capital’s perennial waterlogging problem has widely been regarded as a popular idea.

But experts said just changing the custodian without addressing the core issues that have failed Wasa — such as the absence of total authority of one particular body and lack of coordination with six other organisations — might also fail the two city corporations.

The idea of handing over the drainage management to city corporations came to light last month when the two mayors — Dhaka South’s Shekih Fazle Noor Taposh and Dhaka North’s Atiqul Islam — said theywished to take over the job.

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