Saturday, September 25

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Lockdown announcement triggers exodus from Dhaka
Life Style

Lockdown announcement triggers exodus from Dhaka

Droves of people look to leave the capital as Bangladesh set to go into a total shutdown As Bangladesh prepares to go into a hard lockdown from Monday amid an alarming rise in Covid-19 infections, people are in a rush to leave Dhaka city in masses. However, as long route bus services from the capital have been suspended since Wednesday, people on Saturday were coming up against impediments in reaching their destinations. Visits by Dhaka Tribune correspondents to Dhaka’s Gabtoli and Mohakhali bus terminals showed hundreds of people, many with their families, heading out of the city. Despite an embargo on all sorts of long-distance public transports and for-hire vehicles, they are journeying home on trucks, microbuses, cars, auto-rickshaws and motorbikes. Many passengers said...
Opinion

Increased price of water should be withdrawn

The price of water and electricity for the consumers of Dhaka city is increasing exponentially. However, there is a difference. In 13 years, the price of water has increased 14 times, which is almost two and a half times as much. In July 2009, the price of Dhaka WASA's per unit (1,000 liters) water at the residential level was Tk 6.04. From 1 July, it will be Tk 15.18. On the other hand, the price of electricity has increased by 90 per cent in 11 years. Apart from the issue of price, there are serious objections about the quality of Dhaka WASA water. The allegation of having dirt and stench in WASA water is quite old. The water is unsafe to drink. Dhaka WASA managing director Taqsem A Khan was once challenged by a resident of Jatrabari area when he claimed that WASA water was 100 per c...