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For a liveable capital

  • Published at 06:02 pm January 3rd, 2020
Photo: SYED ZAKIR HOSSAIN
Photo: SYED ZAKIR HOSSAIN

How about, from now on, we pro-actively make the changes we know we need?

With the elections for the Dhaka South and Dhaka North City Corporations scheduled to be held on January 30, it is encouraging to note that the primary concern for most candidates is to make Dhaka a liveable city.

There is no doubt that this should be a priority for anyone in charge of improving the conditions of Dhaka city. However, while on the one hand it is encouraging to see that the mayoral candidates have their priorities in order, it is also rather unfortunate that Bangladesh, despite all the progress it has made, has still been unable to provide meaningful change to how the capital functions.

For one, the residents of Dhaka cannot wait for another 20 plus years as the authorities coordinate and figure out how to improve the conditions of the city. It has been too long that we have suffered the perennial traffic, the consistent water-logging, the lack of cooperation, and the presence of corruption that has become Dhaka’s nature.

With the election coming up, we hope our new mayors will take these things seriously and pro-actively work towards ensuring that the Dhaka we know becomes one we can be proud to call our capital. 

For true improvement of the city, experts have suggested making the streets free of dust and waste, bringing the city under a complete public transportation system, and freeing occupied footpaths, among others -- but we already know this.

How about, from now on, we pro-actively make the changes we know we need?