Building a modern waste management system, laying underground cables for power supply, and rehabilitating hawkers in Sylhet city are the key promises made by BNP mayoral candidate Ariful Haque Choudhury in his 13-point manifesto announced yesterday.
Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami-backed candidate Ahsanul Mahboob Zubair focused on long-term planning and extension of Sylhet city.
Ariful, the most recent mayor of the city, in his manifesto also pledged to develop the drainage system of the city by dredging the river Surma.
In most of his promises, Ariful mentioned that he had already taken steps and those will be fulfilled if he is elected again.
He promised to build an ICT building in the city, as well as wifi zones in many parts of Sylhet. Ariful also promised to build truck and bus terminal and evict hawkers, to create a traffic jam-free city. He also said the hawkers will be rehabilitated.
In the manifesto, the BNP candidate promised to work for the underprivileged population living in the slums, by developing their sanitation facilities, and creating work opportunity for women.
Ariful also promised to build a “dream team” with the youths of the city, who will be given trainings, and will do research work for the development of the city.
He also laid out special plans for work on the underdeveloped southern part of Surma river belt in the city.
In Zubair's manifesto, he promised to expand Sylhet city as per the government gadget of 2006, that includes 18 nearby unions into the city, and to create a master-plan for development.
He promised to build a smart and green Sylhet city.
Zubair also promised to remove hawkers from city footpaths, extend roads, and of a holiday market for hawkers.
Like Ariful, Zubair also promised to work to meet the water-logging crisis, drinking water crisis and management of waste.
Zubair promised to work for the disadvantaged citizens living in slums of the city, and building several educational and vocational training institutes for students.