Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) has started removing of Maheshkhal dam that was responsible for frequent waterlogging in the port city.
CCC mayor AJM Nasir Uddin started the removal operation at around 3:00pm on Tuesday afternoon by hammering on the dam.
Rear Admiral M Khaled Iqbal, chairman of Chittagong Port Authority or CPA, also witnessed the operation.
The canal is the only waterway through the city to drain away run-offs into the Karnaphuli River in times of heavy rains.
Chittagong Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin and Rear Admiral M Khaled Iqbal, chairman of Chittagong Port Authority or CPA, witnessed the operation that started around 3pm Tuesday.
CPA built the dam along the canal near Port Republic Club in 2015 ignoring resistance from city planners.
Chittagong dwellers have suffered since then as the port city went under floodwater during every monsoon that followed.
The mayor said the dam was being removed on people's demand and it would take two or three days to complete the task.
Residents of Agrabad, Goshaildanga, and Halishohor have been largely demanding the removal of the dam. Chittagong Awami League's Vice-President Khorshed Alam Sujon started a movement in this regard..