Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Atiqul Islam on Saturday said that he has been facing numerous challenges, including good governance, to make the capital habitable.
‘It’s our responsibility to make the city habitable and we have to make it together. When all harsh realities showing disrespect to duties of citizens are accumulated together the negative indicators go up making it uninhabitable.’The DNCC Mayor made the call while speaking at a dialogue on habitability of Dhaka city at Jatiya Press Club in the capital.
Urban Development Journalists Forum (UDJF) arranged the programme.
General Secretary of Urban Development journalists Forum Motin Abdullah conducted the discussion while President Amitosh Paul chaired it.
General Secretary of Bangladesh Institute of Planners Adil Mohammed Khan presented key note paper in the discussion.
Mayor Atiqul also sought participation of all citizens and urged to carry out their proper role.
‘I myself visited Kalshi canal and found that 400-feet canal shrunken into thin conduits due to construction establishments grabbing the canals, he also said.‘Now we are thinking satellite fire brigade station. We are also thinking about establishing mini fire station in the city corporation and mini Para-medical team for fire safety, he said mentioning the lack of fire mock drill in school, hospital and other important institutions’, he added.
He also said that all of the roads under the newly formed 18 wards of DNCC to be brought under central ductile system.
Urging every stakeholder to work together for saving the capital, DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam also mentioned that the footpaths must be kept clear to reduce traffic jam.
‘The footpaths are occupied illegally and people are forced to walk on the roads. If we can keep our footpaths clear, the current rate of traffic jam will be reduced,’ he said.
Besides, the DNCC Mayor acknowledged the challenges including road and food safety, ensuring adequate water supply, freeing wetlands and more to make the capital habitable.
‘All of us need to work with responsibility to face these challenges,’ he said mentioning that good governance is also a major factor.
He also warned by saying that illegally occupied canals across Dhaka must be freed to save the city.
Among others, public transport expert Dr SM Saleh Uddin, chief town planner of RAJUK Abdul Latif Helaly and DNCC Sirajul Islam spoke.