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Khokon: Illegal rickshaws, vehicles to be evicted from Dhaka city

  • Published at 03:39 pm September 24th, 2019
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Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon addresses a press briefing after attending a meeting of the committee on illegal vehicles, at the Nagar Bhaban on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

DSCC authorities have been conducting drives against city hawkers, however, the footpaths soon become occupied as soon as the drives end

Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon has announced illegal rickshaws and other such vehicles will be evicted from inside Dhaka city. 

He made the statement in a press briefing after attending a meeting of the committee on illegal vehicles, at the Nagar Bhaban on Tuesday.

In June, the government formed a committee to identify and remove illegal vehicles from streets in the capital, and reclaim footpaths. DSCC Mayor Khokon was made the chief coordinator of the committee, while Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Atiqul Islam is its member.

Dhaka South and North City Corporation, Dhaka Metropolitan Police, and Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) will jointly work in this regard.

 “We have taken four decisions, which include barring hawkers from occupying footpaths during working hours under city corporation areas, eviction of illegal rickshaws and other such vehicles from the city, Rajuk mobile court drives to evict illegal establishments of footpaths and walkways, and marking approved parking zones and evicting illegal parking in the city,” Mayor Khokon said while announcing the outcome of the meeting.

Saying Gulistan, New Market and Motijheel have been cleared of hawkers, Khokon said hawkers will be allowed to do their business from 5pm after ensuring enough free space for pedestrians.

“We have set a target and urge all citizens for come forward to put an end to traffic deadlocks and hindrances on the roads,” he added. 

DSCC authorities have been conducting drives against city hawkers, however, the footpaths soon become occupied as soon as the drives end.

In Dhaka’s Gulistan, Paltan, Dainik Bangla intersection, Baitul Mukarram and several other areas, hawkers continue their businesses on footpaths and on rickshaw vans loaded with their merchandises, disrupting movement of both pedestrians and vehicles.

“Very interestingly, these hawkers quickly leave the areas with their goods sensing presence of police or city corporation officials. Later, they resume their positions on the footpath again as usual,” DMP commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam told the meeting. 

Talking to Dhaka Tribune, hawker Soruj Mia said: "We cannot stay on the footpaths for long as DSCC officials have begun the eviction drive. Besides, the day time is the peak hour for selling our product."

He also said he will not leave the footpaths until the authorities rehabilitate them at some specific business area.

Khokon thanks PM for casino raids

The DSCC mayor also thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the ongoing crackdown on illegal casinos and gambling dens in the country.

Following a question regarding the involvement of a councilor with the illegal casino business, the mayor said: "The law will take its own course. Law is equal for all. We have sent a letter to the local government about his activities so that he could not leave the country."