A divisional level cleanliness drive was launched in Rajshahi on Thursday to mark Mujib Year 2020, the birth centenary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, aimed at establishing a clean, green and habitable atmosphere everywhere in the society.
Mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation AHM Khairuzzaman Liton accompanied by some high officials concerned formally launched the drive in front of Shaheed AHM Kamaruzzaman Botanical Garden and Zoo in the city.
Prior to this, he addressed an advocacy meeting on the issue at the conference hall of divisional commissioner’s office requesting all quarters to make the drive a total success.
Chaired by divisional commissioner Humayun Kabir Khandaker, the meeting was addressed, among others, by parliament member Fazley Hossain Badsha, deputy inspector general of police AKM Hafiz Akter, additional commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Sajayet Islam and deputy commissioner Hamidul Haque.
Mayor Liton said at the meeting that the city corporation had already launched a cleanliness campaign and motivational programme at all its 30 wards simultaneously to make the efforts a total success.
He said that the city corporation had started conducting special crush programmes for cleanliness.
‘Support Rajshahi City Corporation to build clean village, clean city, green, clean everywhere, environment-friendly and habitable’ was the main slogan of the campaign.
All the existing drains, bushes and landfills will be brought under cleanliness drives.
In phases, all the major installations and institutions would be brought under the programme.
Liton requested both the civil and police administrations to extend their support to hasten the cleanliness campaign after the best uses of state machineries.
He said, ‘Our environment is a testimony to the state of our mentality. We indiscriminately pollute our environment. We know that one day’s cleaning operation is not enough but we have to make an effort to change our habits. We have to remember not only to clean but also to stop throwing garbage to protect our environment’.
In the absence of adequate awareness programmes and coordinated waste management policy of city corporations, people dump wastes and make streets and public places dirty, added Liton.
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