City corpns working to fight mosquito menace: Tajul

Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives (LGRD) Minister Md Tajul Islam on Wednesday said, besides raising public awareness among the people, if the canals and drains of Dhaka city can be cleaned, it is possible to keep the city-dwellers free from mosquito menace.

He said there is no reason to get panicked. We all are working together to save the city-dwellers from the troubles caused by mosquito.

He said this while inaugurating the newly constructed Interim Waste Transfer Center adjacent to Panthakunja on Wednesday.

He said mayors of Dhaka South and North City Corporations have been working to face the challenge of mosquito menace since the canals were handed over to them from WASA. Since taking the responsibility, the two mayors have started cleaning the canals. Not only that, those who had occupied these canals and built structures and other infrastructures on both the sides are removing those by themselves.

The minister said, the ministry has held a series of meetings with two mayors to maintain and beautify bank of all the canals in the city. In addition to cleaning up garbage, illegally constructed infrastructures on both the sides of the canal will be demolished.

Responding to a question from reporters on the issue of water logging, the minister said that Dhaka North and South City Corporations are working with all under the direction of the ministry to reduce water logging in the city.

Earlier, the minister visited Kamalapur Canal, Nandipara Bridge (Jirani Canal), Sukh Nagar Bridge (Khilgaon-Basabo Canal, Jirani Canal, Manda Khal and Segunbagicha Canal junction) Shyampur Canal and Panthakunj Park Box Culvert.

Local councillors including senior officials of Local Government Department and the officials of Dhaka South City Corporation, were present.