Khokon lambasts poor civic sense
Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokan said 50 percent of the mini-dustbins, installed on Dhaka footpaths, were stolen. Many of the bins are being used for planting trees except the main purpose- to dump garbage into those.
"People of the city spend crores for building their houses while littering here and there causing nuisance. Even the bulbs are being stolen from the public toilets," the mayor said with helplessly wondering, "How would I make the city cleaner if the citizens act so senselessly. Is it possible for the mayor to guard the whole city?"
DSCC mayor also wondered why the Dhakaites are not treating the town as their living room. According the mayor, people were messing up with the city while keeping their residences neat and clean.The mayor came up with the remarks while addressing an opinion exchange meeting at Officers' Club on the Baily Road yesterday. Seeking all-out cooperation, he said: "I urge all of you to create awareness among the students about cleanliness as well as environment to make the city clean for making clean Dhaka."
DSCC organized the opinion exchange meeting with the chiefs of different educational institutions to create awareness among the students and their guardians. A total 450 headmasters attended the meeting. Khokan said about 1.50 crore people are living in DSCC area while many people are coming here for their livelihood and the area is the world's most densely populated one. "But, we don't think about the Dhaka city. We need to be more aware regarding the city cleanliness," he added.
DSCC Chief Executive Officer Khan Mohammad Billal, Chief Waste Manager Air Commodore Shafiul Alam, Chief Health Officer Brigadier General Sheikh Salahuddin, Education Officer Mainul Hossain, Principal Bornali Hossain, Teacher Riaz Parvez, Councilors Mosharraf Hossain, Abu Ahmed Mannafi and Mostafa Kamal, among others, addressed the meeting.