Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) is yet to start development work in its 18 new wards though the government has approved a project of Tk 40.25 billion two years ago.
The dwellers of the newly added wards are suffering from various problems, including battered roads and waterlogging.
DNCC sources said the city corporation took preparations twice in November and December last year to start work of the project but failed to do it due to fund crisis.
In a gazette notification on July 30, 2017, the government annexed eight unions namely Beraid, Badda, Vatara, Satarkul, Harirampur, Uttarkhan, Dakshinkhan and Dumni with DNCC and split those into 18 wards as ward nos. 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53 and 54.
In July 2020, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved a Tk 40.25 billion project to develop 183km of roads, construct 234km of drainage line and excavate 28.51km of canals in the 18 wards.
The DNCC also prepared a Local Area Action Plan for the planned development of the 18 wards which proposed having widened roads with spacious footpaths and drainage networks underneath of it. Bangladesh Army was awarded the contract for the development work.
Wishing anonymity, a councillor who is also a member of the DNCC financial affairs committee said that the development work could not be started due to shortage of funds.
Talking to the Daily Sun, DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam said, “We did not get enough funds from the government. Yet, we are expecting to start the work this month with the revenue budget of the city corporation. We will cut the budget of other projects to inject money into the project.”
He also said the development work will start in all the 18 wards simultaneously.
“We will have a preparatory meeting next week with Bangladesh Army. They will set up camps and offices in many places for the work. We are expecting that we can start the work after the meeting and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the work,” Atiqul said.