Villages and suburban areas should be provided with all modern facilities
No plan to improve the living standard of Dhaka dwellers will work unless the capital-bound migration is stopped, says the mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC).
"Around 23 million people live in Dhaka now. Without decentralisation, this might go up by 30 million within 2030 and 50 million by 2041," Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh said on Saturday.
All the master plans taken to increase the standard of living for the residents of Dhaka will fail if people continue to flock into the capital from outside, he said.
For this reason, the villages and suburbs of the cities should be provided with all modern facilities so that people do not have to come to the capital for the smallest of reasons, the mayor advised.
He was speaking at a seminar titled "Achievements and Future of 50 Years in Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector," organized by the Local Government Department and Water Aid Bangladesh, at the ballroom of Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in the capital.
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Speaking as the chief guest, LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Tajul Islam said: "A group is trying to disturb the communal harmony of the country for their own selfish interest."
People's representatives at all levels, including the local government, must be vigilant to deal with this conspiracy, he said.
Describing the recent incidents in Comilla as part of a conspiracy, the minister said: "Strict action will be taken against those involved in the incident by identifying them."