Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) has planned to remove all animal waste by 4pm on the day of Eid-ul-Azha.
CCC officials said their activities will start from 10am and by afternoon they are planning to remove 100 percent of the accumulated waste.
To facilitate the process, the city has been divided into four zones, under supervision of four ward councillors. Besides, a central monitoring cell has been formed with Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin leading it.
Some 2,500 tonnes of waste is generated daily in port city while the amount is likely to reach 5,000 tonnes on Eid day, according to city corporation sources.
“About 1.70 lakh sacrificial animals are expected to be slaughtered in the city,” CCC Chief Executive Officer Mohammad Shamsudoha told this correspondent yesterday.
“A total of 4,152 conservancy workers will work [on the day] to clean the city,” he added.
He said the city corporation has designated 314 spots in the city to slaughter the animals. People performing the sacrifice and butchers will be present on the spots to help city dwellers. In addition, they have made arrangements for people to sit while waiting, Shamsudoha said.
Last year, CCC did not get good response from people in this regard. But they are hoping it will be different this time around as they have taken additional measures. “Still, cooperation from all is vital,” stressed the CEO.
CCC Chief Conservancy Officer Shafiqul Mannan Siddique also urged people to use the designated spots rather than slaughtering sacrificial animals on roads.
He also assured that special arrangements have been made to clean waste by Eid afternoon.
Normally, around 252 waste-carrying vehicles including 200 dump trucks, 14 container movers, 8 pay-loaders and 8 tractor wagons are used on a daily basis, he said. “During Eid-ul-Azha, we will use around 300 such vehicles.”
Moreover, number of trips made by those vehicles will be increased, he said. “If needed, we will use smaller vehicles on narrow lanes.”
Contacted, CCC panel Mayor Chowdhury Hasan Mahmud Hasni said, “If most sacrificial animals are slaughtered at designated spots, workers would be able to collect waste quickly.”
He further said, “We will remain alert so that no one engages people under 18 to slaughter animals.”
Meanwhile, CCC Chief Medical Officer Selim Akter Chowdhury urged people to remain cautious of health hazard. “Slaughtering spots must be cleaned properly and thoroughly. Also, bleaching powder should be spread afterwards,” he added.