Dhaka-bound migration barrier to development work: Taposh
Mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh today said Dhaka-bound migration will enforce a snag for implementation of development work.
"If Dhaka-bound migration is not stopped, development plan work will face a barrier," he said while addressing a seminar at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon hotel.
Local Government Division and Water Aid Bangladesh jointly organised the seminar titled "Achievement of Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (Wash) during the last 50 years and Future Plan" on the occasion of the golden jubilee of independence and birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Barrister Taposh said, "Dhaka is a city of 21 million people today. Will it be 30 million in 2030 and 50 million in 2041? We have to ensure the benefits of a better Dhaka for 20 million dwellers first, that's why we need to ensure jobs, employment and other facilities in the country's villages."
Taposh said Dhaka-bound migration can be stopped only after implementation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's vision of "turning villages into townships".
The mayor, however, said Dhaka dwellers will get better civic services by 2030.
He said around 95 percent house owners do not maintain septic tanks but homeowners need to take steps to ensure those.
According to the Local Government (City Corporation) Act, 2009, application and permission for reconstruction of buildings have to be obtained from the City Corporation, but it is provided by RAJUK till date, Taposh added.
"We have formulated a policy and sent it to the ministry. The ministry is reviewing it. We will get it by December and then it will be implemented from next year," he said.