Khorshed Alam Sujan took charge as Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) administrator on Thursday. He has been appointed for 180 days as the CCC polls was postponed due to Covid-19 pandemic.
Much to the appreciation of port city residents, Sujan during this short tenure is working towards bringing some positive changes to the city, they said.
Soon after taking charge, Sujan took the hard line on corruption. He also urged the city corporation staff members to work diligently and warned that those involved with corruption will face tough action.
On the second day, he suspended driver of an ambulance of a CCC-run hospital on charge of stealing oil.
Sujan, also vice president of Chattogram city unit of AL, announced that he would try to establish a non-partisan city corporation during his tenure and complete the ongoing projects quickly, keeping in mind public sufferings.
On Friday he went to Port Connecting Road and instructed the contractor to complete the project without delay.
In his first meeting with CCC officials, Sujan expressed his dissatisfaction over garbage management in some areas and asked conservancy officials to look into that immediately.
He also said he could continue programmes such as removing billboards and door-to-door garbage collections initiated by recent-past mayor AJM Nasir Uddin.
On Saturday, the administrator instructed officials to remove a billboard from GEC intersection. It was removed within the afternoon.
Port city residents are hopeful that such quick actions and positive attitude will be beneficial for the city.
"We do not have much expectation from the administrator as he has been appointed for a short tenure but his activities after taking charge have made us hopeful," said SM Nazer Hossain, central vice president of Consumers Association of Bangladesh.
Prof Dr Serajul Islam Chowdhury, president of Peshajeebi Samonnoy Parishad, Chattogram, said the administrator should focus on addressing road conditions, cleaning waterbodies, waterlogging and mosquito menace.
Dr Mahfuzur Rahman, convener of Public Health Rights Protection Committee, Chattogram, said, "Earlier, we saw Sujan organising movements on political issues, but now is a good opportunity for him to help people of the city."
Contacted, the administrator reiterated his zero-tolerance stance against corruption. "During my short tenure, I would like to bring some positive changes to the city," said Sujan. "I want to modernise the garbage management system and focus on completing the important projects quickly," he added.
He said he would not allow billboards in the city and would ensure health facilities for city dwellers through their health department. "Every citizen will have access to me and they can inform issues to me directly through phone, SMS or social media. I pledge to address those immediately..."
"I will also visit every ward to know your problems… You don't need to come to me, I would go to you," said the CCC administrator.