In the march towards progress, it seems that we have forgotten the value of liveability
With the mayoral elections to be held on February 1, it is imperative that the candidates keep in mind and pay attention to the various problems which plague our capital city.
Citizens continue to suffer as the most basic of services are lacking and it is difficult to deny the fact that city authorities have not provided Dhaka’s residents with an experience worthy of our capital.
As the city continues to increase in population as more and more people migrate into it (another problem that the government needs to tackle), we must raise our standards in terms of the creating a more liveable city.
For example, our waste management system remains by far one of the worst offenders. There is a lack of infrastructure when it comes to proper waste disposal and this solid waste continues to take up space in the open, not only affecting the way the city looks, but providing ample room to become an impending health hazard.
We also lack severely when it comes to open spaces: Playgrounds, it seems, have become a thing of the past, one which previous generations were privy to, with no recourse for the youth now to engage in physical activity.
This is on top of the horrendous state of affairs when it comes to traffic management, an increasingly unsustainable condition which needs immediate attention.
In the march towards progress, it seems that we have forgotten the value of liveability. We can have the tallest buildings in the continent and the fastest growing economy, but it will all be of little value if our children cannot play out in the open and our fellow citizens choke on the very air they breathe.
We must strive to do better. No matter who takes over after the elections, we hope that the new mayors keep in mind that the city needs a makeover, sooner rather than later.