With priority to mosquito control activities and waste management, Dhaka North City Corporation mayor Atiqul Islam yesterday announced a Tk 3,057.24 crore budget for 2019-20 fiscal, Tk 489.79 crore higher than last year’s.
“We have kept Tk 49.30 crore for mosquito control activities in the current fiscal, which is 182 percent higher than last fiscal. Last year it was only Tk 17.50 crore,” said the mayor while announcing the budget at DNCC Nagar Bhaban.
He said they are also planning a separate budget to control Aedes mosquitoes under a project.
“Entomologists and doctors have been working to prepare a master plan for Integrated Vector Management, which will be completed by September 15 and we will be able to share the plan with the media shortly,” said Atiqul.
He said they are also going to introduce a monitoring system by a team of entomologists from outside the corporation. These team will inspect mosquito control drives of DNCC in a particular ward every month, and will give a report about its vector management condition.
The DNCC mayor said they have also increased their allocation on garbage management to Tk 86 crore, which was Tk 63.60 crore last year.
Additionally, Tk 5 crore has been kept for secondary transfer stations, Tk 10 crore for landfill development and maintenance, and Tk 25 crore for purchasing garbage management equipment and vehicles.
The mayor also said they are going to set up 400 LED lights on DNCC streets in the current fiscal, and will take an initiative to set up 15 foot overbridges with escalator facilities.
MASSIVE DEVELOPMENT PLANS IN THE HORIZON
The DNCC budget document also gave a glimpse into some future development projects of DNCC, costing around Tk 13,282.25 crore. The mayor, however, did not elaborate when and how these may be implemented.
One of the projects is a 4.7km link road stretching from Ansar camp in Mirpur to Matikata via Rajanigandha market and Kakoli.
Under the project, 5.10km of elevated road will also be developed, he said.
Another big project is Jal Nishargo, a Tk 2,842 crore project that will be implemented at Digun Mouja of Mirpur to protect waterbodies.
The mayor said this project area will be three and half times bigger than Hatirjheel.
Bridges, sluice gates, power plant, swimming pool, lake, floating convention centre, and floating restaurants will be constructed as part of the project, he added.
DNCC will also take Tk 4,025.73 crore project to develop roads, drains, footpaths and infrastructure of 18 newly-added wards in DNCC areas.