CHATTOGRAM: Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-nominated mayoral candidate for Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) election Dr Shahadat Hossain on Saturday unveiled election manifesto with commitment to building Chattogram as a waterlogging-free, healthy, clean and safe city enriched with every civic facilities.
In the manifesto Dr Shahadat promised to make all-out efforts to remove water-logging completely by executing master plan formed during the tenure of BNP government in 1995.While unveiling the manifesto at a programme at a restaurant in the afternoon, Shahadat also said that if elected he would make an environment-friendly city by recovering all the canals and drains for easy movement of water, dredging of Karnaphuli river, building dam to prevent tidal water.
The BNP candidate said he would work for a healthy city for which he will recommend modernising BITID as a full-fledged hospital to the ministries concerned.
Menon Maternity Hospital and the General Hospital run by the CCC will be modernised by increasing beds, doctors and staff.
He also promised to establish a modern lab for diagnosing critical and new degasses like Covid-19, execute Biological Method to protect dengue diseases and take Safe Drinking Water project at every ward of CCC.
Shahadat made an announcement to bring the education system under automation when the guardians will be able to monitor their children’s study from home.
Necessary initiatives will be taken to provide lunch to people of lower-income group and slum dwellers’ children at the CCC-run schools to encourage them in education.Suitable projects for garbage collection, recycling and dumping would be taken for waste management by ensuring door-to-door service and increasing manpower and tools, said Shahadat, also president of the city BNP.
Project would be taken to produce electricity from garbage and increase power supply in the city, he said in the manifesto adding that garbage will be recycled to use for agricultural work.
Shahadat said measures would be taken to ease the holding tax systems within capability of the residents while freedom fighters, lower income group and members of martyrs’ families will be kept beyond the holding tax.
He promised to take initiative for setting up of an IT Command Centre from where they will monitor the traffic, security and disastrous situation of the city.
Sufficient footbridges will be constructed, rapid traffic systems and community policing activities will be developed at every ward to assist the law enforcers, he said.
“We will rehabilitate the residents living besides hills, hawkers, vagabonds, hijras and street beggars,” said Shahadat.
He also pledged to introduce electric bus service and smart bus stop and establish amusement parks and playgrounds for the residents.
Pledges in the manifesto also include increasing number of the CCC-run mobile mortuary (dead-body carrying vehicles), establishing cyclone shelters and providing residence facilities to service holders through long-term loan system.
Shahadat also made pledge to provide wifi facilities to every school and increase separate public toilets for male and female.
Initiative would be taken to introduce a separate cancer department and set up dialysis machine at CCC-run General Hospital to offer low-cost treatment, he said.
BNP Standing Committee Member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, Organising Secretary Mahbuber Rahman Shamim and BNP city committee Joint Convener Abul Hashem Bakkar were present at the programme, among others.