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Deep-tubewells for arsenic areas this yearr - 16 Jul 2002

The government will take up a project to treat surface water for supplying through pipeline to the arsenic-affected areas of the country, reports BSS. LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan said this while replying to a question followed by several supplementaries in the Jatiya Sangsad Monday. Explaining objective of the project, he said the government had thought of such a project for supplying pure water to the people in view of the disastrous arsenic contamination gripping most parts of the country. Earlier, replying to the main question raised by M Nurul Amin Talukder of BNP (Netrakona), Bhuiyan said the government would allocate deep tube- wells to the arsenic-affected upazilas during the current fiscal.

"The allocation of deep tube-wells would be made on availability of funds from the ADP," he said, adding, the number of such deep tube-wells would be fixed for each upazila in line with a physical development programme, which is now being formulated. The supplementaries were raised by Zainal Abedin Azad (BNP), Mufti Mohammad Abdus Sattar Akon (Jamaat), Sardar Shakhawat Hossain Bakul (BNP) and Dr Salek Chowdhury (BNP). The minister said that a countrywide drive was now underway to ascertain the level of arsenic contamination in different areas of Bangladesh. - BSS



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