Waste management in Dhaka city is still woefully inefficient.
With a population of over 14 million, Dhaka city is easily one of the most densely populated on the planet, and planning for such a city, followed by proper implementation, is no walk in the park.
Nevertheless, there is no substitute for this task, and there is no excuse for the failure of Dhaka city authorities to clean up the city.
Apart from good urban planning, what Dhaka needs is a health literacy campaign that underscores the importance of hygiene and proper waste management to all citizens.
There are also deceptively simple actions the city can take to mitigate some of the problems. One such measure is to have dumpsters with openings that are actually within reach of the typical household help responsible for taking out the garbage.
The Great Stink of 1858 in London shows us that even politicians in the UK only responded to London’s then grossly inefficient sewer system because the adverse effects of it were literally close to home. Human waste was dumped into the River Thames at the time, which happened to be situated next to the Houses of Parliament.
Now, Dhaka has litter lying all around dumpsters and not inside. This means, even a well-meaning person who wants to throw their garbage into the dumpster will not be able to reach it.
Enough is enough -- it is time for the city corporation to live up to its promises and step up.
Year after year, Dhaka gets branded as one of the world’s most unliveable cities. Our image will not improve unless and until we clean up the city.