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After flower debacle, DSCC turns to private orgs to give city a facelift

  • Published at 02:09 am March 4th, 2018
After flower debacle, DSCC turns to private orgs to give city a facelift
The authorities of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) have decided to scrap their previous beautification project, as the flowering trees planted under this scheme in the central reservations of roads in the DSCC area have not come into bloom even after extensive efforts. They decided to engage private organizations in refurbishing areas under the DSCC, according to sources at the city corporation. On consultation with botanists and experts, the DSCC authorities resolved to grow bougainvillea in median strips totalling eight kilometres, according to the officials concerned with the new project. Roads to be covered under this project are Golapshah Majar to Nightingale Mor in Kakrail, Bangabazar to Hotel Intercontinental, Matsya Bhaban to Shahbagh, Ramna police station to Sabji Bagan, and the Balaka intersection in Motijheel. In a move to go green and give the DSCC a face-lift, the city corporation in June 2016 undertook aTk12-crore project scheduled to conclude in June the following year, the DSCC sources said. However, the project did not yield any outcomes, and most of the trees died within a few months of being planted. On February 20, it was revealed in a Bangla Tribune report that the plants did not bloom due mainly to excessive dust, smoke emanating from vehicles, and the city’s unfavourable weather conditions. The consultancy firm concerned did not even take cognizance of these issues while embarking on the project, the report says. Sources said in the past, private organizations used to sponsor the DSCC’s beautification projects on condition that they would put up their advertising boards in the media strips. As a result, the city corporation did not have to spend a single penny for such renovation projects. However, after Sayeed Khokon was elected mayor of the city corporation in 2015, he repealed all such agreements with the sponsoring organizations and decided to implement the projects with DSCC’s own funds. Following the February 20 report, the DSCC authorities, however, once again decided to engage private companies in its beautification projects and sent letters to at least 95 organizations. Among the organizations are banks, insurance and telecommunications companies, and media outlets. DSCC Chief Revenue Office Yusuf Ali Sardar said: “We decided to involve private companies in our beautification projects and sent letters to over a hundred companies, informing them of our move.” Meanwhile, the authorities held a views-exchange meeting with the organizations’ representatives on Wednesday. This article was first published on banglatribune.com