'Our neighbour India is recycling trash instead of dumping it, and Bangladesh can do this as well'
State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman has said recycling the trash of Dhaka is a good alternative to dumping it on the outskirts of the city.
He made the comment during the inaugural session of the 6th Urban Dialogue on a Livable City for All, held at the Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of Dhaka University (DU), on Saturday. The program was organized by Urban INGO Forum Bangladesh, and the Dhaka North City Corporation.
“Our neighbour India is recycling trash instead of dumping it, and Bangladesh can do this as well,” the state minister said.
Meanwhile, Disaster Management and Relief Ministry Secretary Md Shah Kamal said the city needs to make plans in line with the funds allocated, otherwise the execution of any plan would not be feasible.
Chair of the program, and Habitat for Humanity International Bangladesh National Director John Armstrong said, people in rural areas need access to various services so they would not have to migrate to Dhaka.
“Migrating to Dhaka is not the answer,” he added, mentioning that a detailed plan of action, citizen involvement, behavioural changes, and political will are all necessary to make cities livable.
Chistian Aid Country Director Shakeb Nabi said, around 250,000 people migrate to Dhaka city every year.
HelpAge International Bangladesh Country Director Rabeya Sultana said, a liveable city needs policies that are inclusive. She stressed that the elderly, and those with disabilities should not be left out during city planning.
“The elderly, and people with disabilities need dignified jobs, and accommodation,” she added.
While presenting the keynote paper, DU Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences Dean ASM Maksud Kamal said, all cities need to set up water bodies and parks to make themselves livable, and environmentally friendly.
Concern Worldwide Country Director AKM Musha also addressed the program.