'We will keep working until Dhaka becomes an habitable city as we expect'
Dhaka South City Mayor Sayeed Khokon has suggested for a split in the city’s utility service providing agencies to ensure quality services to the city dwellers.
“Now time has come to split the utility agencies including Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority and the Dhaka Electric Supply Company Limited into two parts as well to ensure proper services in both the city corporations,” he said, terming the matter a major issue.
He made the call while briefing the media at a Dhaka hotel on Friday, marking his fourth year in office.
Sayeed Khokon went on saying that Old Dhaka needs re-development, for the greater interest of the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC).
According to him, Dhaka has seen a ‘positive visible change’ in development across the DSCC ever since he took its helm on May 6, 2015.
Calling for the cooperation from the city dwellers to this end, the mayor said: “But we still need to move ahead to make the city more livable and smarter one.”
“We will keep working until Dhaka becomes an habitable city as we expect,” he furthered.
When asked about the issue of digging of roads on a regular basis, the DSCC mayor said: “Lack of coordination among the government agencies concerned is causing such a situation.”
Dubbing lack of coordination as an obstacle to a proper city governance, he admitted the fact that the city people suffer a lot due to the digging of roads, and their sufferings deepen further during the rainy season.
He, however, said: “Development projects that lead to the sufferings are taken up considering the betterment of civic amenities.”
Sayeed Khokon also read out a statement narrating his development works in the last four years, which said 699.91km roads, 631.7km drains and 133.16km footpaths have been constructed and repaired.
The event was attended by DSCC Chief Executive Officer Mostafizur Rahman and columnist Abul Maqsud, among others.