Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Tazul Islam on Sunday urged the Chattogram City Corporation mayor (CCC) to take the lead in addressing the water-logging problem in the port city.
“The development work of different service agencies has been going on round the year, but people keep suffering from the problem. You take the lead and the government will stand by you,” he said.The minister made the remarks while speaking at a virtual preparatory meeting on the management of cattle market and waste from sacrificial animals during the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha. Mayors of 12 city corporations attended the meeting.
Referring to the water-logging problem in Chattogram, the minister called upon CCC Mayor Rezaul Karim Chowdhury to play a significant role as there has been a lack of co-ordination among the service providing agencies.
In reply, the CCC Mayor said that they would hold a co-ordination meeting with all service agencies on Monday.
The LGRD Minister said that the government would extend necessary support to find a solution to the perennial problem.
He urged the public representatives of union parishads, municipalities, upazilas and city corporations throughout the country to set up cattle market by sticking to the health guidelines.
“In many places, the cattle markets are erected on roads, highways and on the railway line illegally. We have to stop them,” he said.Tazul also urged all public representatives to ensure that people use the designated spots for buying, selling and slaughtering their sacrificial animals.
“Nobody would be allowed to set up markets and slaughter their animals beyond the designated spots,” he added.
He urged the public representatives of bordering areas to check the trespassing of cattle traders in order to curb the rise of Indian Covid-19 variant.
“Ahead of Eid-ul-Azha many animals and traders from India cross the border. The public representatives of the bordering areas must check it,” said the minister.