Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) will conduct a drive against buses whose licenses were revoked and are no longer serviceable from March 5, as per an announcement made in February.
Though these buses have been banned from plying on the capital’s roads, a massive drive will be conducted from Sunday, DSCC Chief Estate Officer Mohammed Kamrul Islam Chowdury told the Dhaka Tribune on Wednesday.
On February 15, DSCC Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon announced that public buses over 20 years old would be banned from March 1.
He made the announcement after a meeting with senior officials of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority, Dhaka Metropolitan Police, Rajuk, Dhaka district deputy commissioner’s office, and Dhaka Transport Co-ordination Authority at Nagar Bhaban.
Chemical industry eviction postponed
Meanwhile, DSCC authorities postponed a scheduled eviction against unlicensed hazardous chemical warehouses and factories in Old Dhaka from on Wednesday, being unable to get police security from Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).
The chief estate officer told Dhaka Tribune on Wednesday: “We were ready to conduct the scheduled drive, but could not carry it out due to the absence of police officers who were busy with the strike and transport blockade of vehicle drivers,” he said.
Kamrul said after DMP gives the green signal on when it can provide officers, a new date will be fixed for the drive.
The DSCC has already sent a notice to the warehouses and factory owners concerned.
Due to lack of proper oversight, these warehouses and factories have been set up in different areas of Old Dhaka.
Most were set up on the ground floors of old multi-storey buildings, with no approval or licences, sources said.
According to data by Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon, nearly 25,000 hazardous chemical factories and warehouses are located in Nimtoli, Kayettuli, Mogoltuli, Sikkatuli, Malitola, Suritola, Mitford, Alubazar, Bongshal, among other areas.
Yet DSCC officials say only 2,500 chemical industries in Old Dhaka have trade licenses.