Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon has said 90% waste of slaughtered animals in his jurisdiction and at Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) has been removed.
Terming the clean-up programme a success, he made the statement at a press conference jointly organised by the two city corporations at the DNCC office in Gulshan, Dhaka on Sunday.
Officials and ward councilors of the city corporations, among others, also attended the briefing held after a 24-hour special clean-up for Eid-ul-Azha.
"We have managed to clean up around 22,000 tons of waste in the last 24 hours till 2pm today (Sunday). Almost 90% of the total solid animal waste has been removed and then dumped into the Matuail and Aminbazar landfills," he added.
According to him, around 17,000 workers started cleaning the roads at 2pm on Saturday, Eid day, removing almost 14,000 tons of waste from DSCC and 8,000 tons from DNCC.
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A DNCC truck cleans up animal waste from a road in Mirpur's Shewrapara area in Dhaka on September 3, 2017 Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune
Taking credit for the work, Khokon said both city corporations managed to fulfill their commitment to city denizens as promised before Eid.
On Eid day, while inspecting the cleaning at Sadek Hossain Khoka playground, the site of a makeshift cattle market in Dhaka, he said the waste would be removed by 2pm on Sunday.
Muslims across the country sacrificed cattle, marking their second largest religious festival on Saturday.
At the onset of the clean-up programme, the DSCC mayor said the city corporations supplied bags, bleaching powder and sanitiser at the designated slaughter spots and would collect the waste bags, cleaning the areas on the second and third day of Eid.
He said the DSCC residents could send a complaint about poor cleaning service through the “Nogor” app or reach him directly through Viber and Whatsapp, while DNCC residents could send a complaint through the helpline “09611000999” during the Eid holidays.
Many residents slaughtered their sacrificial animals on the streets, violating the instructions issued by the city authorities and the government.
Prior to Eid, DNCC and DSCC had fixed 1,174 spots around the city for slaughtering cattle in an aim to help keep the city clean and blood-free.
However, on visiting several neighbourhoods in Dhanmondi, Kalabagan, Shukrabad and Rajabazar under DSCC on Saturday morning, this correspondent found that the residents, especially influential locals, had sacrificed their animals in front of their houses or on the streets and alleyways instead.