The road near Tejgaon truck stand used to be clogged up with trucks, as truckers would completely choke the vital link road to use it as a parking lot. The road was dirty, unsafe and not pedestrian-friendly.
But a drastic change came in 2015 when late mayor Annisul Huq confronted the truckers, cleared the road up from illegal parking and made it suitable for commuters, setting up footpaths and road dividers.
Some 15 months after the death of Annisul, his successor in office has come forward to clear the road of illegal parking and beautify it.
The walls on both sides of the road, stretching from Tejgaon level crossing to Satrasta crossing, are full of murals, giving the area a new look.
Around 180 students of fine arts of different universities drew the murals yesterday. Some 700 students of different schools joined them.
The murals depict the March 7 speech of Bangabandhu, nature and rural life, Jatiya Smriti Shoudho, Central Shaheed Minar, Padma Bridge, Bangabandhu satellite, pollution and tree plantation.
“We want to make people aware to keep the city clean, and I have chosen the area as part of my first assignment on garbage management,” said Atiqul Islam, the newly elected DNCC mayor at a special programme on garbage management and wall painting at Tejgaon, initiated by Dhaka North City Corporation.
He said they have chosen the day as it is the 99th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and also National Children's Day.
Atiqul sought commitment from truckers and residents of the area to keep the road and area clean, and free from illegal parking.
“I am very happy to be here,” said Monir Hossain, a student of Shanta Pratibandhi Primary School, who was waiting to take part in mural-painting, along with another student of the school Mehedi Hasan.