This year after the Eid-ul-Azha the roads and lanes in Dhaka city hardly bear any sign that millions of sacrificial animals were slaughtered on them just a couple of days ago. The city authorities have taken extraordinary measures to remove the waste of sacrificial animals much to the relief of the city dwellers. This is an important break with past tradition when city roads used to remain blood-stained and unpleasant odors would linger on for days, if not weeks. And it has come in a time when we are dealing with deadly diseases like Covid-19 and dengue. We highly appreciate both the authorities of DSCC and DNCC for implementing this hygiene measures with speed and efficiency.
Reportedly, the waste removal work started from 2pm on Eid day and continued till late at night. DNCC Mayor claimed that almost 100 per cent wastes of sacrificial animals have been removed from all wards within 24 hours. Apart from deploying thousands of cleaners, the city authorities, to their credit, managed to engage city dwellers, public representatives and all other stakeholders in this cleanliness drive. Especially made waste bags, bleaching powder and Savlon soap were distributed among the city dwellers so that no unhealthy environment is created anywhere in the city.
Taking lessons from the success of cleanliness drive during this year’s Eid-ul-Azha, the city authorities must explore ways to engage city dwellers in its regular waste management activities. Conducting regular awareness campaign to develop a positive attitude and cooperative culture among the citizens can bring about important breakthrough in waste management services.