Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Annisul Haq on Wednesday promised to build a beautiful safe city by making its footpaths free from illegal occupants and removing bad odour by June next.“A plan has been worked out, and we’ll implement it by June next,” he said.
The DNCC mayor spelled out the plan at a views-exchange meeting with the residents from Mohammadpur, Adabar and Sher-e-Bangla Nagar areas at Suchona Community Centre near Mohammadpur Krishi Market in the city.
Annisul said an initiative has been taken to install 1,000 high-powered close circuit cameras at different important points from Tongi Bridge to Sonargaon crossing road and different strategic points in Gulshan, Baridhara, Banani, Niketan, Hatirjheel and other areas under the DNCC for checking criminal activities.
“We’ve already set up 100 CC cameras and installations of remaining ones will be completed by September. I think all kinds of terrorist and militant activities will come down with the installation of CC cameras,” he added.
Besides, 72 mid-transfer stations of 3000-4000-6000 square feet in size will be set up in the 36 wards of the NCC under secondary waste management project by March next.
Of them, construction of 40 mid-transfer stations, including 14 on city corporation lands, have already been completed, while the remaining ones will be finished by March next, he said adding that the initiative will help remove around 70-75 percent garbage from the city a day eliminating stinking.
He also asked the shop owners as well as real estate companies not to keep garbage and construction materials on the footpaths or streets. “We’ll no longer tolerate it after January next. We’ll take legal action then,” the DNCC mayor said.
About building green Dhaka, he said flower saplings will be planted on 56 footover bridges and all flyovers as well both sides of Airport Road and also in other places under the DNCC by next June.
Annisul also said, “Some influential people are behind footpath grabbing. If we want we can evict the illegal occupants overnight but we won’t do this as some people earn their bread from the illegal establishments set up on the walkways. However, those will be removed after a plan which will help reduce traffic jam in Gabtoli, Kalyanpur and Shaymoli areas of the north city.”
He said LED lights will be installed on all city streets by December next.
The NCC mayor further said a discussion was held with bus owners about reducing the number of transport companies as about 4,500 buses are plying Dhaka city streets under 300 companies. “The number of the companies will be brought down to five from 300,” he said.
Presided over by president of greater Mohammadpur thana unit Awami League Sadek Khan, the programme was attended, among others, by former Commerce Minister Faruk Khan and former state minister Jahangir Kabir Nanak, local ward councilors and city elite.