Civic responsibility and obeying the law is imperative to ensure a clean and safe Eid-ul-Azha
Both Dhaka North City Corporation and Dhaka South City Corporation were successful in their cleanup work following Eid-ul-Azha, whereby the thousands of tons of animal waste find itself on the streets.
Thanks to a commendable effort by both the mayors and authorities from the government, at least 90% of the waste was removed, clearing more than 15,000 tons of waste from each part of Dhaka.
Such efforts ensure that the city remains navigable and functional in the ensuing days after the Eid, and that diseases and pollution do not spread, which could potentially create a public health hazard.
But what is troubling, though, is that so much waste ended up on the streets to begin with.
Despite instructions from the government to use designated spots for slaughtering, many Dhaka residents continued to sacrifice their cattle on the open streets and public spaces.
While it must be admitted that conditions have improved much over the past few years, in large part due to initiatives taken by both city corporations to have designated spots in the first place, it is worrisome that citizens continue to ignore governmental instructions in such a blatant manner.
Though it is also true that the responsibility for enforcing these laws rest in the hands of government authorities and law enforcement, do we not as residents of this city of millions also share that responsibility?
Civic responsibility and obeying the law is imperative to ensure a clean and safe Eid-ul-Azha in future years.