Dhaka, Saturday, 19 September 2020

“Dhaka is for all of us”

I will work for a liveable Dhaka: Atiqul Islam

I will work for a liveable Dhaka: Atiqul Islam

Ibrahim Khalil Jewel & Amit K. Biswas: Ruling party Awami League-nominated mayoral candidate for the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Atiqul Islam has promised to build a healthy and modern Dhaka city. He also vowed to ensure sustainable and automated services for city dwellers, if elected. He told this in an interview with The Apparel News.

Atiqul said he wants to complete unfinished tasks of late mayor Annisul Huq. He added, “Dhaka is for all of us. We have to work together. We have to complete the late mayor's unfinished works for a liveable Dhaka.”

It is high time to recover occupied playgrounds, rivers and canals for the sake of future generations, he said.

“The ongoing eviction drive [on Buriganga] is a signal. Not just eviction drives, we have to bring about a sustainable solution. We have to rehabilitate street vendors too,” he added.

In replying to a question Atiqul stressed on adopting automation services and modernizing waste management system as well as continuing the fight against drugs.

Do you have any plan to complete the late mayor's works? Atiqul said: “I have prepared a plan. There could be multi-storey underground parking facilities, and utilization of open spaces.”

Atiqul said, “Bringing all the 54 authorities under a single umbrella is a challenge. I need your [media's] cooperation in this regard.”

Atiqul said, “The city is yours. So, everyone should work from his own place”. He added, “We lost our beloved former mayor Annisul Haque. Now, I want to materialize his dream and do his unfinished works. I want to make the city a beautiful one.”

He said everyone wants a drug-free and terrorism-free state. “If you want a drug-free and terrorism-free state, you should recover your play grounds so that the children and youths can spend time in sports.”

About the eviction of hawkers, the mayor aspirant said, “I’m not against the eviction. But I want a sustainable solution so that the hawkers can survive. I want to be a mayor for all – not only for the rich, but also for the poor.”

He said there are many play grounds in the city. “If we make underground markets in the ground for the hawkers then they will survive,” he added.

About wastage management, Atiqul said the wastage is not a liability. “It could be turned into wealth by using the digital system. We can produce power from the waste.”

Atiqul identified traffic jam as Dhaka’s biggest problem and claimed he would make a serious effort to resolve it. “Traffic jam has become unbearable and we are the sufferers. On becoming mayor, I will try my best to come up with plans that would make Dhaka jam-free,” he added.

Describing hawkers as entrepreneurs, Atiqul said he had plans to provide hawkers with identity cards. “I will also launch an initiative for the sustainable rehabilitation of hawkers on footpaths throughout the city,” he added.

In replying to a question, Atiqul said he had been elected leader of different business communities. “After the tragic incident of Rana Plaza, I worked hard to restore the image of the country’s RMG sector. That’s how I was able to gain confidence,” he added. He sought cooperation of the people of all strata, including journalists, to fulfill the dreams by electing him as the mayor.