DSCC limps with low manpower

Says mayor adding red tape an obstacle to development

Staff Correspondent

9 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

DSCC limps with low manpower

DSCC mayor Sayeed Khokon speaks at a views-exchange meeting with ward councillors at Nagar Bhaban in the capital on Monday. —SUN photo

Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon on Monday said that they are providing service for city dwellers with insufficient manpower.

“There is 40 percent manpower. It is very difficult to continue working with this poor manpower. The situation of Dhaka North City Corporation is also the same,” he said.

He blamed the bureaucratic tangle for the crisis saying, bureaucratic tangle poses an obstacle in the way to development.

The DSCC mayor came up with the comments while exchanging views with the newly-elected councillors of newly formed 18 wards at the conference room of the DSCC headquarters.

He vented his discontent, as manpower structure of the DSCC was not approved since its formation in 2011.

It is a matter of sorrow and regret, the mayor said.

He fears that there may be water-logging in different parts of the capital this year.

“But I hope it will be less than that of the previous years,” he said.

He claimed that regular work, including improvement of drainage system, are being carried out continuously. The activities relating to drainage will end by the end of April, he said, adding that WASA is primarily responsible for addressing the problems of the water-logging.

Khokon said: “In the 80’s, the number of population in Dhaka city was 20 lakh and the number of population now rises to over 2.5 crore. But the capacity of the different government agencies including RAJUK, WASA, DESA and BTCL did not increase in comparison to the number of population.

“I think it’s high time we discussed the expansion of the agencies by raising its capacities or dividing them into different administrative units.”

Despite the fact that the DSCC is beset with different crisis, it has carried out massive infrastructure development activities, he said.

“Once city dwellers could not see the sky due to overhead billboards, but now we have got rid of this menace.

“There were many places under the city corporation which were in darkness and led to criminal activities. We have lighted those roads and streets and thus reducing criminal activities,” the mayor said.

Khokon said: “We have a plan to turn the newly formed areas which has 80-82 square kilometers into a model city. But it will take time to implement our short, medium and long term project. The infrastructure of the areas has been developed in an unplanned way, but we have to develop in a planned way.”

Among others, local lawmaker Hazi Mohammad Selim, chief executive officer Mostafizur Rahman, chief health officer Brigadier General (Dr) Md Sharif Ahmed and newly elected councillors of 18 wards attended the meeting.