Who is maintaining Dhaka's cleanliness? | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, January 13, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:14 PM, January 13, 2019

Who is maintaining Dhaka's cleanliness?

Why is there a dumping ground underneath Mouchak flyover?

The piling of garbage under the Mouchak flyover is another example of the sorry state of management plaguing Dhaka city. Residents of the area, having suffered through terrible gridlocks and various other problems for years because of the construction of the flyover, are now forced to endure this new nuisance, while various city authorities continue to shirk their responsibility for cleaning this mess up.

As this newspaper reported yesterday, the local DNCC Councillor of the Public Works Department and the DNCC's Zonal Executive Officer (Zone-3) both indicated that they are not responsible for the problem when contacted and asked about the matter. And the great irony here is that while this mindless dumping takes place at the bottom of the flyover, the flyover itself is relatively clean, which is the same picture that we see in the case of many other flyovers throughout Dhaka. This is a perfect example of how city authorities often portray everything to be fine on the surface, while management problems persist underneath causing all sorts of suffering for city dwellers.

In order to overcome this vicious cycle of mismanagement and inaptitude, city authorities need to be held accountable for failing to provide proper services to the inhabitants of Dhaka.

In the meantime, we call on the concerned authorities—whoever that may be—to immediately clean up the area under the Mouchak flyover, and to take the necessary initiatives to ensure that it remains clean henceforth.

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