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Mayor Atiq vows ‘zero tolerance’ on recovering canals

  • 'I want to focus more on canals in the next year'
  • 'How can people dump bathtubs, obsolete televisions, refrigerators and mattresses into canals?'
Update : 13 May 2024, 09:51 PM

In his last year in office, Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Atiqul Islam will follow the “zero tolerance” policy and give utmost importance to recovering occupied canals in the areas under his jurisdiction. 

He made the announcement at a press briefing marking four years of his mayorship at the DNCC building in Gulshan-2 of Dhaka on Monday. 

The DNCC intensified campaigns to recover and clean encroached and polluted canals earlier this year as water-logging has been a regular problem across the capital.

“I want to focus more on canals in the next year. I would like to prioritize a recovery of the canals. I’ve already ordered DNCC councillors to show zero tolerance (against the encroachment and pollution of canals),” he said. 

“It looks bad when we see the canals being polluted rampantly. How can people dump bathtubs, obsolete televisions, refrigerators and mattresses into canals?” he wondered.     

Referring to the “banana tree therapy” to tackle the pollution of canals, Atiq said: “I wish we could insert banana trees into the pipelines through which liquid wastes are dumped into canals.

“… How could people living in Baridhara and Gulshan pollute canals? I feel really bad about that,” the DNCC mayor added.

On a separate note, he said that the relocation of the Karwan Bazar kitchen market is a major challenge for him.

“Even so, I took up the challenge. And I believe we can do it successfully,” Atiq said.

He also pledged to fight the mosquito menace throughout the city corporation.  

DNCC officials and councillors were present on the occasion.

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