Ward No. 26 of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) has no permanent kitchen market. A few years ago, the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology set up a makeshift kitchen market near Palashir Mor, but the consumers are unwilling to go there as the traders charge higher prices in that market. As a result, the buyers depend on the kitchen shop set up on the vans occupying the streets. The only playground of the ward is also being used by a vested quarter as a truck stand.
Ashraful Islam, a resident of Azimpur Government Quarters said, there are many quarters here, where 3rd and 4th class employees live. But there is no kitchen market in this area for them.
“We, the lower income group have no ability to purchase essentials from super-shops, claimed Ashraful adding as a result the people of the said section have to depend on the makeshift vegetable shops on vans.
Visiting the area on Friday it was seen that vendors are selling vegetables from van in the areas of Dhakeshwari Mondir, Orphanage Road, Azimpor Hazaribagh area. There are many makeshift shops selling vegetables, fishes, clothes, toys, cookeries, vegetables etc.
Sojol Ahmed, a student told this correspondent, “We are playing in this playground regularly. But we cannot use this playground due to Leguna and truck. We cannot say anything to the drivers because some influential quarters are patronizing them.” A signboard of Orient Sporting Club is there on the east side of the playground mentioning the establishment of the organization in 1987. Locals said trucks parking would not be possible if the club authorities are active.
When contacted, Hasibur Rahman Manik, ward councilor of ward No-26 told this correspondent, “There is no kitchen market inside my ward. I submitted a proposal for establishing a new kitchen market to the Mayor of City Corporation. I hope it will be solved very soon. But a big problem is that all house owners of my area installed slabs by closing sewerage drain. Already I started to destroy it.”
Besides, most of the areas of Azimpur estate, Palasi Barak, Eden Mohila College,Home Economics College, BC Das Street, Nilkhet Government Market, Lalbagh Road always experience traffic jam.
Locals said thousands of people of Hazaribagh, Companir Ghat, Rasulpur and Nawabganj are using the routes. Also many people are carrying goods to wholesale market at Moulvibazar, Chalkbazar and Urdu Road through Azimpur.