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Cleaning up the city

  • Published at 12:04 am August 1st, 2019
Dhaka Waste
Photo: DHAKA TRIBUNE

Our city corporations cannot dodge blame

Dhaka is known for being one of the least liveable cities in the world, and one of the main reasons for this dubious distinction is our capital city’s terrible waste management system.

Frankly, it is a broken system in need of comprehensive reform.

Right now, all of Bangladesh is experiencing record levels of dengue fever, and it is a known fact that dengue thrives in stagnant pools of dirty water; the dengue problem then, is directly related to our overall cleanliness problems.

Recently it was estimated that something like 4,500 tons of waste was produced by households every single day, and obviously this waste needs to be disposed of properly.

Time and again, we have been assured by both our city corporations that waste management and garbage collection was a priority; costly dustbins had even been set up around the city to make it look like something was being done.

And yet, soon afterwards, the majority of those dustbins went missing, with the authorities having no clue as to where they went.

Naturally, due a lack of places to dispose of rubbish, littering persists, and in the rainy season with our drainage system already clogged, the problem becomes much more serious than the simple inconvenience of having litter on our streets.

Garbage with nowhere to go combined with water that has no place to go create dirty, stagnant bodies of water throughout the city, which are in fact ideal for the hatching of Aedes mosquitoes which are responsible for dengue.

Our city corporations cannot dodge blame; the literal sickness we are seeing sweeping through the country is a result of the lack of proper action from the authorities.