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2 DSCC markets turn into mosquito breeding grounds

Three staff of Sundarban market infected with dengue

  • Rashidul Hasan
  • 26 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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2 DSCC markets turn into mosquito breeding grounds
The underground parking space of Sundarban Square Super Market in Gulistan under Dhaka South City Corporation has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes due to lack of cleanliness. The photo was taken on Saturday. — Kamrul Islam Ratan

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Car parking spaces of Sundarban Square Super Market and Jaker Super Market in Gulistan under Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) have turned into mosquito breeding grounds as the places are left uncared for.

The underground car parking lots of the markets have remained clogged with rainwater, rubbish of buildings and solid waste but DSCC authority is not taking any step to ensure cleanliness there.

Sources said that DSCC conducted a drive and demolished some 250 illegal shops at the underground of Sundarban Square Super market while 200 illegal shops were demolished at Jaker Super Market for freeing car parking space in December 2020 but they are yet to remove the rubbles.

During a recent visit to the markets, this correspondent found that the underground spaces of the two markets were full of rain water and solid waste along with the rubbles making two spaces ideal grounds for mosquito breeding.

However, the DSCC officials are busy shifting their responsibilities.

Talking to the Daily Sun, chief estate officer of DSCC Rasel Sabrin has said that it is not the duty of his department. It is the responsibility of the waste management department of DSCC, he said.

“The tender process to remove rubbish from Jaker market has been completed. Rubbles will be removed very soon,” he added.

When contacted, DSCC Waste Management Officer Abdul Motaleb said that this was not the work of his department and advised the correspondent to contact the officials of market construction cell of DSCC while DSCC Executive Engineer of Market Construction Cell Mohammad Towhid Siraj has refused to make a comment over the matter when he was called over phone.

Traders of the markets have said they are the worst sufferers of the situation. According to them, DSCC authorities did not remove the rubbles while some hawkers were also dumping their daily waste into the underground spaces of the markets. Beside, water enters the underground of the markets when it rains.

Security officials and traders of Sundarban Square Super Market said that they are suffering from acute menace of mosquito and two security guards and a cleaner of the market got infected with the dengue.

Security guards Momin Dewan and Khalil and cleaner Shahdat Hossain got infected with the dengue, they said. 

Shahdat Hossain, a toilet cleaner at Sundarban market, said, “There is lot of mosquitoes at the underground of the market. I was bitten by Aedes mosquito when I had gone to underground of the market to switch on the water meter a month ago.”

He said that he was working amid fear of being bitten by the Aedes mosquito again.

Some traders of Sundarban Square super Market, wishing anonymity, said they are not getting relief from mosquitoes despite spraying pesticide by city corporation officials at the underground of the market.

A security guard of Jaker Plaza, wishing not to be named, said that they were suffering from mosquito menace since the beginning of monsoon season.

“The city corporation did not clear the rubbles of building produced during the demotion drive at the underground 10 months back. Traders also dump waste in the underground. Besides, rainwater enters the underground of the market. All these have made it a mosquito breeding place,” he said.

DSCC Chief Executive Officer Farid Ahmed said that he was not aware of the matter.

“I am not aware of the matter. After knowing the details, I will take measure,” he said.