Speakers also placed emphasis on rising house rent rate in Dhaka and asked contestants in the city polls to ensure that the existing laws protecting tenant rights be properly implemented
Citizen rights organizations on Thursday placed nine demands before the Dhaka city poll candidates for a liveable, green, and safe capital.
In the run up to tomorrow's Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) elections, seven citizen rights bodies announced the demands at a program, "Town Hall Meeting: The Dhaka We Want For Future," held at the National Press Club.
The citizen rights organizations were, Bangladesh Institute of Planners (BIP), Bangladesh Urban Forum (BUF), Coalition for Urban Poor (CUP), Democratic Budget Movement (DBM), Safety and Rights, Nagar Daridra Basteebashir Unnayan Sangstha (NDBUS), and CARE Bangladesh.
Amanur Rahman, one of the directors of CARE Bangladesh, read out the nine demands at the event, which include: new law to recover occupied playgrounds and parks; solution to waterlogging; introduction of bus services like "Dhaka Chaka" in other parts of the city; better traffic management; cycle lanes on every major road; and ensuring women's safety on public transport and elsewhere.
Speakers also placed emphasis on rising house rent rate in Dhaka and asked contestants in the city polls to ensure that the existing laws protecting tenant rights be properly implemented.
During the meeting, representatives of the citizen rights bodies also urged a joint monitoring initiative among the city corporations and other concerned government offices, especially the Department of Environment (DoE), in order to make Dhaka a pollution free, green city.
Among others, Urban Working Group, a Dhaka based citizen rights forum, also participated in the discussion.