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No small task

  • Published at 11:59 pm January 31st, 2020
Dhaka
Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Triune

Any mayor who can rise to the challenge of improving the quality of life here is a mayor we can rally behind

The new mayors of our capital city will have a number of daunting challenges ahead of them. 

As mayors elected through a democratic process, they will, first and foremost, be answerable to the people who live in this city. After all, it is the betterment of the lives of Dhaka’s residents that they are tasked with.

There is no denying that Dhaka is lagging behind in liveability, and despite our ever-expanding list of ambitious development projects, very little has been achieved in the recent past by way of improving the quality of life in the city.

The list of culprits in Dhaka that need to be dealt with are long: Traffic congestion, waterlogging, air pollution, safety, and of course, the omnipresence of mosquitoes. It serves no one to close our eyes to these problems, or pretend that improvements have been made, when in fact, we have seen many of these things worsen over the years.

Many residents of Dhaka, in fact, lose hope that things can get better. But they can. We just need the right vision, the right strategy, the right planning, and the right implementation.

The problem of air pollution, for example, must be tackled in a careful and scientific matter. 

An enormous amount of particulate matter is generated through brick kilns, construction activities, and vehicular emissions, and all of these are harmful for human health. 

At the end of the day, economic indicators tell only part of the story. The day to day experience of life in the capital, as experienced by the millions who call this city home, is the true test of success for a city. Any mayor who can rise to the challenge of improving the quality of life here is a mayor we can rally behind.