Against the background of the coronavirus pandemic, the newly appointed mayor vows to implement a five-point-plan adopted from the original 28-point program outlined in his election manifesto
Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh has taken charge as the new mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC).
The newly elected DSCC mayor has announced five points to modernize Dhaka even more while also vowing to fight against corruption to ensure citizens’ fundamental rights, including improving health facilities, to beat coronavirus infections.
He was speaking to reporters after assuming office as the new mayor of DSCC at a virtual press conference from his office at 3pm Saturday.
The five points mentioned by the new mayor are - public health, mosquito control, waste management, road repairing initiative and reduction of traffic congestion.
Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh said: “Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are now initially adopting a five-point-plan from a total of 28 points [mentioned in his election manifesto].
“The plan will be implemented within the next 90 days,” he said, adding, “We will free the city of corruption to ensure its real development.”
Mayor Fazle Noor Taposh said: “Our first priority is to ensure health security so that the citizens of the DSCC can get proper healthcare without any hassle amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
“That is why we have already opened a hospital to provide coronavirus treatment and other facilities will be ensured through working jointly with the government,” he added.
The mayor said: “The DSCC is currently monitoring mosquito control activities at every ward. We will formulate an appropriate plan at a meeting tomorrow, so that we can control or eliminate mosquitoes during their breeding.”
In the briefing the DSCC mayor reiterated his commitment to keep the city clean and waste free.
In response to a query the mayor said: “Though there is no traffic congestion due to the lockdown to curb the coronavirus spread, we will reduce traffic congestion after the pandemic.”
“We will take an extensive road repairing initiative as well as waterlogging prevention steps soon,” added the mayor.
He promised to curb all forms of corruption in the implementation of these activities.
The DSCC will decide how to repay the loans taken during the tenure of the previous mayor and will also act according to the decision taken by the government on whether there will be a lockdown or not, the mayor said in answer to a question.
The new mayor sought the cooperation of citizens in making Dhaka modern and corruption free.
Earlier on the day, the newly elected mayor took office at the DSCC headquarters, Nagar Bhaban, in the city at a simple ceremony at around 1pm while maintaining social distancing due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The elections to the DSCC and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) were held on February 1, which the ruling Awami League candidates Taposh and Atiqul Islam won respectively.
Both mayors were sworn in on February 27, but they had to wait until the end of the tenures of the incumbent mayors before taking office.
The tenure of outgoing DSCC Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokan expired on May 16, while DNCC Mayor Atiqul took office for a second consecutive term last Wednesday.