May 20, 2013 | 05:17 AM (BD Time)
20 May, 2013 Monday
City corporation services worsen
IT has been revealed in media reports that development work and the basic services rendered by the Dhaka City Corporation to city dwellers has remained almost stalled. Sufferings of people have deepened as the bifurcated two city corporations have been suffering from duplication of work, friction and confusion in performing their jobs in the divided city administration. The capital deserves serious efforts to improve civic services and amenities to the residents. According to the constitution all local government bodies should run by elected people. Bureaucrats and political elements close to those in power are governing the two city corporations now.
Election was announced and deferred several times through administrative actions. Even election to the bifurcated city corporations has been stalled as results look unpredictable.
Development activities including road construction and repair, disposal of household waste, and mosquito control drive, have seriously been hampered. Many roads in the city are in bad shape due to unsynchronised road digging. The DCC South and DCC North have failed to ensure better services to city dwellers. People have started believing that the decision of DCC was a politically motivated. Instead of strengthening the metropolitan governance, the idea of making two city corporations has not proved good.
Larger metropolises in other countries are of the world provide services, efficiently, under a single mayor. Whatever be the cause of the bifurcation of DCC, protection of interests of about 1.5 people living in the capital is vitally important. The concerned quarters must understand this. If the two DCCs continue to fail to provide basic civic services the capital city will turn unsuitable to live. The problems in this mega city in that case will multiply and affect the life of the city dwellers badly. The concerned quarters must take appropriate steps to improve the municipal services at the earliest.
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