Our streets are filled with garbage, which mixes with rainwater, facilitating the spawning of mosquitoes
Every single day, thousands of tons of household waste are produced in Dhaka, and due to our broken waste management system, it is not properly disposed of.
Add to that our littering habit, clogged drains, and irregular city cleaning services, and we are left with a city that is very hard to live in.
It goes without saying, that not only does our waste management system need comprehensive reform, we also need to embark upon an intensive cleanup of the city to prevent outbreaks of disease.
Recently, a voluntary youth organization called BD Clean started a project where they picked up waste and garbage in certain areas with a goal to not just clean up the city, and also to also create mass awareness about the benefits of a clean environment.
This is a worthy initiative, and the volunteers deserve praise for their efforts and good work.
At the end of the day, though, it is our authorities who should be keeping the city clean, and we should be holding them accountable.
Our city corporations have not succeeded on this front; in fact, again and again, we are given assurances that waste management and garbage collection is a priority.
To that end, costly dustbins have been set up around the city to make it look like something was being done, but soon afterwards, those dustbins went missing with the authorities not being able to explain the disappearance.
As a result, our streets are filled with garbage, which mixes with rainwater, facilitating the spawning of mosquitoes, which of course, spreads the dengue virus.
This pattern needs to change; we need a cleaner Dhaka if people are to live here.