The authorities of Dhaka city corporations have claimed success in cleaning up waste of sacrificial animals from the capital within 24 hours and gifting a neat city to people after Eid-ul-Azha.
Speaking at separate press briefings on Thursday, a day after the Eid festival, the authorities said they were able to keep their words by removing animal waste from the city within the 24-hour period.Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) mayor Sayeed Khokon claimed 90 percent cleanup of waste during the time limit.
“This year we expected that around 20,000 metric tons of waste would be generated from sacrificial animals. We have already removed 15,000 metric tons,” he said.
“We will clean up the remaining amount of waste as city dwellers are expected to sacrifice animals on Friday,” the DSCC mayor said.
Speaking at the press briefing, prominent citizen and architect Mobassher Hossain thanked the authorities of two city corporations, especially DSCC mayor Sayeed Khokon, for doing a diligent job.
In another media briefing, DNCC panel mayor Jamal Mostafa appreciated a positive development of city dwellers as more number of city dwellers sacrificed animals at designated places.
He also thanked city people for their responsible role in keeping the city clean during the Eid-ul-Azha this year.Reading out a written statement, he said around 2,01,500 animals were sacrificed in DNCC area at 183 designated spots. This year more people sacrificed their animals at the designated spots.
Within 7:00pm on Thursday, regular cleaners with the help of primary waste collection service providers cleaned up waste of ward nos. 7, 27 and 31.
“The waste was first kept to secondary waste transfer station and packed in container and then it will be taken to landfills.”
Around 280 waste disposal vehicles carried 8,500 tonnes of waste to landfills in 1,545 trips. A total of 9,500 cleaners diligently worked to make Dhaka clean in 24 hours, he added.
Talking to the daily sun on Friday, Hasibur Rahman Manik, president of waste management standing committee of DSCC, said, “We gained 100 percent success as apparently there is no sacrificial animal waste in our city corporation area.”
“If anyone slaughters sacrificial animal, they can call our hotline number for cleaning up waste. We will respond quickly,” he said.
Contacted, DNCC waste management standing committee president Jakir Hossian, also councillor of ward no. 18, said, they cleaned 8,500 tonnes waste on Eid day only. “We collected another 1,500 tonnes of animal waste on Thursday and Friday,” he said.
“Within 6:00pm on Friday, we hope that we can claim 100 percent success,” he added.
The massive cleanup campaign has been going on in different areas under the two city corporations till filing of this report.
While visiting different areas under the two city corporations, the daily sun correspondent found that cleaners were removing animal waste from secondary transfer station using loader vehicles.
City Corporations authorities on Friday said they will carry on the cleanup activities until they gain total success in making a waste free city.
The DSCC mayor said as long as sacrificial animal waste remains on the heart of the capital, their cleaners will continue their work.