He made the promise at a conference 'Children Friendly Cities 2019' at Krishibid Institution auditorium at Farmgate
Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor, Atiqul Islam, said legal action will be taken against those found responsible for writing on walls and putting up advertisements on trees in the capital.
He made the promise at the conference, “Children Friendly Cities 2019,” at Krishibid Institution auditorium in Farmgate, Dhaka yesterday.
Save the Children, Social and Economic Enhancement Program, and Bangladesh Institute of Planners organized the event.
Mayor Atiqul also encouraged children to capture photos of illegal advertisements on walls and trees, and send them to city corporations.
He said: "If a company writes on a tree or advertises, putting up banners, hammering nails, it will be fined. DNCC officials concerned have already been given directives in this regard."
To ensure a children-friendly city, Atiqul Islam said, the “Nagar” mobile app will be used to track and maintain their safety and that of other citizens.
He also said there will be a bicycle lane on Shere Bangla Road so children can safely ride their bicycles there.
“Every one of you is a mayor,” he said, addressing the children present, and urging them to educate their parents about keeping the city clean.
Iqbal Habib, architect and member secretary of Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (Bapa), said it is important to dialogue with children when it comes to city planning because they have the most innovative and practical ideas.
Stressing the importance of planning a green city, he said that merely planting trees is not enough, adding: “It is high time we paid more attention to taking care of the trees we have planted.”
Dr Adil Mohammad Khan, general secretary of Bangladesh Institute of Planners, said the city is in dire need of playgrounds for children.
“Girls barely have any safe and open space in this city to play,” he said, stressing the need for girls’ schools opening their playgrounds in the evening for girls of neighbouring communities to play in.
Around 700 children from 25 different schools of Dhaka participated in the conference.