Traders urged to shut shops by 8pm

Staff Correspondent

25 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Amid a sharp surge in coronavirus infections in the country, Mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh on Wednesday urged traders to close their shops by 8pm.

“As the coronavirus infections are on a rise, please shut all shops and businesses by 8pm. We’ve issued a pubic notice in this regard. It’s badly needed. It’ll help curb infections,” he said while talking to reporters at the Boys Club Playground in Gopibagh after visiting several DSCC establishments.

The mayor said it will also help DSCC workers conduct cleanliness operation properly maintaining health guidelines.

He also urged city dwellers not to dump waste into water bodies as the DSCC is conducting a cleanliness drive at city canals to ease the waterlogging problem. “We’re working for demarcating the boundary of canals and conducting

cleanliness drive. We’ll carry out the primary work till the end of March. We’ll succeed 75 per cent on completion of the work,” he said.

Taposh underscored the need for handing over the authority of sluice gates to the city corporation from the Bangladesh Water Development Board in a bid to resolve the waterlogging problem. “Sluices are important to regulate the water flow. However, those remained dysfunctional.”

“If the 51 sluice gates near Beribadh are handed over to us, we’ll make them functional through necessary repairs. We’ll remove silted garbage in the inlets and outlets of the sluice gates. If the sluice gates are not given to us, it’ll obstruct the water flow,” he said.

The DSCC mayor also expressed the hope that the waterlogging problem will be resolved through coordinated activities.