CHATTOGRAM: Ruling Awami League (AL)-nominated mayoral candidate for Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) election M Rezaul Karim Chowdhury unveiled his election manifesto promising to address the long-drawn-out waterlogging crisis by restoring water bodies.
The manifesto having 37 points focusing development of the city and improvement of lifestyle of the city dwellers was unveiled at a programme held at Bangabandhu Hall of Chattogram Press Club on Saturday.AL Advisory Council member and Ekushey Padak recipient Professor Dr Anupam Sen, Central Organising Secretary SM Kamal Hossain, City unit Acting President Mahtab Uddin Chowdhury, General Secretary and immediate past Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin, North district President MA Salam and South district General Secretary Mofizur Rahman were present at the programme among others.
In his written manifesto, Rezaul said he will sit with the concerned Engineering Core of Bangladesh Army and other service agencies to remove all barriers for implementation of the master-plan for addressing the waterlogging and delta plan for city development within hundred days of joining as mayor.
He promised to ensure strict enforcement of the laws for removing the faults and obstacles to free the encroached rivers, canals and drains for keeping the water flow uninterrupted. Rezaul assured that he would sit with all concerned agencies to address the traffic jam in the city as soon as possible.
He wants to introduce digital traffic system and underpass to ensure safe movement of pedestrian.
The candidate promised to increase monitoring on waste management and set up a garbage recycling plant for the wastes like polythene and plastic.
He also laid emphasis on adding additional facilities to the existing tourism facilities for increasing the income from the sector for the city development.The freedom fighter and senior joint secretary of the city AL hoped to address the crisis over the holding taxes on the city dwellers.
“I will conduct digital census for houses and the tax will be fixed at a reasonable rate so that no landlord and tenant are harmed,” he promised further.
The unplanned construction and occupation of roads and footpaths would be strongly discouraged, said the candidate.
Assuring of attaching highest importance to the development of quality education at low cost at the CCC-run education institutions, Rezaul expressed his desire to set up a medical college and a 500-bed hospital.
“All the activities of CCC will be brought under the digital network and all services including revenue will be brought under one-stop digital service,” said the mayoral candidate.
Rezaul also promised to take step to stop river pollution and noise pollution in the city.
“Many people took many steps in the past. My thoughts may not match their ones. Holding tax cannot be waived, but can be kept reasonable. I want to drop the past and move towards the new one with the opinion of people of all sections,” he said.
“This Chattogram is of everyone. I will use everyone's talent through consultation for development of the services and the city,” said the candidate.
In reply to a question regarding the debt of around Tk 1,200 crore of the City Corporation, former Mayor Nasir said the amount is of matching fund and the CCC is not capable of paying it.
The government is aware about the matter, he added.
Rezaul also answered different questions at the programme.