Population Service Training Centre (PSTC) has undertaken a programme to bring nearly 0.3 million people of 44 slums in Dhaka and Chittagong City Corporation under safe drinking water, sanitation and health coverage by 2009, reports BSS.
PSTC, a non-profit organisation for safe water provider, started its programmes since 1998 with the support of Water Aid Bangladesh, project Manager M Nurun Nabi told the news agency Monday. "Since the beginning of our programmes, so far over 0.1 million people in Dhaka and Chittagong City Corporation were brought under the safe water and sanitation coverage".
"At present, the PSTC has been expanded to 29 slums of seven wards in Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) area and 15 slums under Chittagong City Corporation (CCC)," he added.
Referring to the government's firm commitment of 100 percent water and sanitation coverage in attaining MDGs by 2015, Nurun Nabi said PSTC has implemented massive environmental sanitation programmes through a task force at different slums in Dhaka and Chittagong city.
Nabi informed at present a total of 59 percent people of the country have been brought under the water and sanitation coverage which was 33 percent in 2003. The success was achieved due to massive initiatives from the government, he added.