Local government, rural development and cooperative minister Tajul Islam on Saturday said that the government would add 20 more road sweeping trucks to the Dhaka city corporations to control the dust, which affected the residents acutely.
‘The government is going to import the sweeping trucks and relevant equipment at a cost of Tk 200 crore,’ said the minister while addressing as the chief guest at a programme at CIRDAP auditorium in the capital.
The government had taken a $ 80 billion smart city project proposed by the World Bank to free the city from waste, dust and unplanned digging, he also said at the installation programme of City Development Journalist Forum Bangladesh.
‘We have no actual data how many utility lines pass under the city roads. Different utility provider organisations dig the city streets at different times,’ he said.
He said that the crises deepened as the city had been developed in an unplanned manner and there was no ducting line in the city roads.
Speaking as a special guest, Dhaka North City Corporation mayor Atiqul Islam said, ‘We have launched 333 helpline service, and taken steps to launch a city app.’
Bangladesh Institute of Planners general secretary Adil Mohammad Khan said that development could not be sustainable if it decreased the living standard of the citizens.
‘Coordinated measures are needed to make the development sustainable,’ he said.
National Press Club general secretary Farida Yeasmin, the organising forum’s president Motin Abdullah and its general secretary SM Foyez spoke among others.
During the programme, the chief guest distributed crests among the newly-elected members of the forum.
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