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A waste of resources

  • Published at 12:02 am May 12th, 2019
Waste Basket Missing
Photo: MEHEDI HASAN

The tax-payer should not be the one paying for the rampant corruption that is embedded within the system

One of the few positive developments Dhaka witnessed in the last few years was the allocation of waste bins throughout the capital. In a city as densely populated as our capital, it not only makes sense, but is imperative for Dhaka to have a workable infrastructure in place for waste disposal and management.

However, as sudden as the appearance of waste-baskets in the capital was, their disappearance was even quicker.

Around three years ago, our city corporations installed around 6,700 waste bins across the city, but over 80% of them disappeared over time, while the others fell into disrepair due to lack of maintenance.

While we applaud the initiative to introduce waste-baskets in the capital city, the fact that they started to disappear overnight is indicative of the general corruption and lack of accountability that plagues our city corporations.

We can only imagine that the reported project to reintroduce the waste-baskets into the city is going to be a costly endeavour, the brunt of which will be borne by the tax-paying citizens.

This is, simply put, unacceptable.

The capital has enough existing infrastructural shortcomings already, and we cannot afford any new ones going forward with our development trajectory.

The tax-payer should not be the one paying for the rampant corruption that is embedded within the system -- our administrative bodies need to be held accountable for any and all failures, and solving the mystery of the missing waste bins, and fixing the urban waste management once and for all, is a good first step.