Dhaka South City mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon on Monday said bureaucratic bottleneck is hampering service delivery to the city people.
He was speaking at an exchange of views with newly elected 24 councillors from the corporation’s newly merged 18 wards, organised at Nagar Bhaban by the city corporation.
Khokon said Dhaka South City Corporation is yet to get a new organogram due to bureaucratic complexity since it was formed following the division of the erstwhile Dhaka City Corporation in two city corporations in 2011.
He said that for lack of required manpower in absence of an organogram the city corporation cannot ensure quality services to its citizens, adding that the red tape should be addressed to mitigate public sufferings.
The city corporation is operating with some 40 per cent of the requisite manpower, he resented.
Not only city corporations but other service providing agencies in the capital are, too, suffering due to manpower crisis, he further said.
He viewed that split of the city service providing agencies along the two present city corporations might improve their services as the split of the old city corporation has resulted in improvement in the services.
Councillors from newly merged wards complained that the people of their areas are suffering from various problems including lack of birth and death registration facilities, acute mosquito menace, waterlogging, dilapidated roads, haphazard waste disposal, water crisis and absence of community centres, playgrounds and parks.
Nuruddin Miah, councillor of DSCC ward 66, said people repeatedly complains to them about the problems but they were yet to get any solutions as the city corporation is yet to undertake the necessary services.
In reply, mayor Khokon said he would start undertaking the required development programmes in the areas, adding that he would work to change the south Dhaka into a modern city.
As soon as the government would approve the new organogram encompassing the extended areas of the city corporation it would start providing the necessary services, he added.
DSCC chief executive officer Mostafizur Rahman, chief waste management officer Air Commodore Md. Zahid Hossain, chief health officer Brigadier-General Dr Md Sharif Ahmed and other officials were present.