Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam said they are planning to construct more underpasses instead of overbridges to ensure smooth movement of pedestrians.
“People are reluctant to use overbridges. That’s why we are planning to build more underpasses to make a pedestrian-friendly city,” he told reporters at a briefing marking his one year in office at Nagar Bhaban in the capital on Saturday.Available data show that there are 47 foot bridges and three underpasses while 36 more foot bridges are being erected in various points. The mayor also said that they would not construct any more foot bridges.
The DNCC earlier installed escalators on eight foot bridges and installation work of another five is underway to ease difficulties of the pedestrians.
Atiqul also said that they would reclaim all the parks and playgrounds and re-developed them for the future generation to make the city habitable for them.
“As per election pledge, we have recovered and redeveloped Jayan Park in Banani which was previously used for parking cars. In the same way, we are redeveloping the playgrounds and parks with playing, walking and other facilities. Some parks and playgrounds are waiting to be opened after completion of the redevelopment work,” Atiqul said.
Describing the capital as a completely unplanned city, the DNCC mayor said they are working tirelessly to put everything in order as per his election manifesto.
“Illegal establishments in DNCC areas will be knocked down without any prior notice. I won’t issue any legal notice to illegal occupiers. I will go and pull down the establishments.” About the parking, he said, “We have selected 1,539 spots in Dhaka to set up parking facilities which will also be a source of revenue.”Referring to the spread of Aedes mosquitoes, the DNCC mayor urged all to step up efforts from their respective positions and keep their home and localities clean.
Highlighting different development activities of the previous years, the mayor said the city corporation has cancelled allocation of 258 shops at the DNCC market to facilitate establishment of a hospital.
During the last one year, some 490.53-km roads, 605.04-km sewers, 270.68-km footpaths and 4-km median were constructed and renovated in DNCC area at a cost of Tk 4,097.45 crore, said Atiqul.