Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s mayor candidate in the imminent Sylhet city election Ariful Haque Chowdhury on Thursday launched his 13-point election manifesto with pledges to launch metro-rail or underground railway services, modern multi-story market for hawkers, and town buses for working women and day-care centres for their kids.
If he was voted to the city’s mayor post again, Ariful would set up more educational institutions, a 25-seat kidney dialysis centre and a special ambulance service for the slum dwellers in the city.
Arif launched his electoral manifesto in a programme at his election conducting office at Shahi Eidgah area in the afternoon a day after ruling Awami League mayor candidate Badar Uddin Ahmad Kamran published his 33-point election manifesto promising a digitised city.
In his manifesto, the immediate-past mayor Arif said an agreement had already been signed between the Sylhet City Corporation and the non-profit development organisation PRISM Bangladesh Foundation for launching scientific wastes management in the city.
He said the risky Laldighi Market had already been demolished to rehabilitate the street vendors through constructing multi-storey market there.
‘A list of the hawkers has been prepared and they would be rehabilitated in the proposed multi-storey market if he is elected mayor again,’ he said.
Arif said that an information and communication technology compound would be installed at the heart of city and a training institute would also be established in ICT compound to train the women who would be preferred by the SCC to recruit according to their skill and educational qualification.
Mentioning steps would be taken to meet the major needs and to address the main problems on priority basis, Arif said, ‘A new Sylhet city would be developed alongside ensuring everyday amenities in the city.’
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