Chittagong City Corporation mayor AJM Nasir Uddin said that he felt the pressure of living up to the expectations of city residents while discharging his duties but he always enjoyed taking up challenges.
“I have to feel intensely the pressure of expectation since I am an elected public representative. I am never afraid of criticism. However, it is not right to resort to wholesale accusation. If you were in my shoes, you would know how the shoe pinches,” he said.
The CCC mayor made the statement while addressing a gathering of distinguished guests at Engineers Institute, Chittagong on Monday.
The CCC organised the gathering to observe the second- year anniversary of the incumbent mayor and 55 councillors.
The mayor in his address also said: “No area of the city will remain in the dark as the whole city will be illuminated with LED lights. Not a single inch of the roads will remain unpaved.”
“Please give me the chance to serve you. I am ready to sacrifice my life, if needed, to ensure your civic amenities,” he added.
“I am not oblivious of my electoral pledges and plan to fulfil them. Against all odds, I have been advancing bit by bit to implement my electoral pledges in my tenure,” the mayor further said.
Mayor Nasir also apologised for the sufferings of Chittagong residents caused by waterlogging and battered roads.
“I cannot avoid water-logging, and resolving this persistent problem is my topmost priority. Water-logging is a challenging issue and will take a long time to address,” he said.
The prime minister called him to her office recently to discuss the pressing issues facing the premier port city.
The mayor in his address said that both man-made and natural reasons like erratic weather patterns, the rising sea level, on-rush of water from the hills, poor drainage system and unplanned urbanisation were to blame for water-logging.
Seeking full cooperation from residents to turn Chittagong into a clean and green city, he also expressed optimism that the water congestion would be resolved.
“Despite facing an equipment shortage, we are delivering services to the city’s residents. The port city produces 1,800-2,000 tonnes of garbage every day. The whole city will turn into a city of garbage if we do not clean it up, he added.
The mayor in his speech also vowed to take stern action against the canal grabbers in a bid to ensure the free flow of storm water.
He also claimed that there was no an anomaly or irregularity in the tender process of the corporation.