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Dhaka city must be cleaned

  • Published at 11:43 pm August 15th, 2019
Cattle markets
Photo: Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

People continue to haphazardly slaughter cattle in public places

Every year, Eid-ul-Azha brings about -- beyond the festivities, sacrificial rituals, and prayers -- the challenge of keeping Dhaka city clean.

While Dhaka North and South City Corporations (DNCC, DSCC) deserve some plaudits for attempting to clean the city of cattle waste -- removing some 30,000 tons worth of it that was produced in the city -- it must be said that waste from certain areas, especially those which were sites for cattle markets, were not adequately cleared out and citizens had reason to voice their displeasure.

However, what can also not be disputed is that, year after year, a significant number of people continue to haphazardly slaughter cattle in public places such as streets, alleys, sidewalks, or even on the premises of their own private property, instead of abiding by the laws discouraging people from doing so.

Indeed, the city corporations have, in recent years, created many designated spaces and slaughterhouses -- over 1,000 such spots were designated by both the city corporations combined -- for the denizens to use, and it is unacceptable that very few make use of these spaces.

As such, with the recent dengue epidemic, it becomes even more important to ensure that the city remains clean, as the mud, excreta, and stagnant water become the perfect breeding grounds for Aedes mosquitoes.

Therefore, as the authorities continue their efforts in cleaning Dhaka, the citizens must also be mindful of their own roles and work with the authorities in ensuring the cleanliness of the city.