Provide info on Aedes larvae: DSCC mayor to city dwellers
Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh today urged city dwellers to inform municipal authorities about Aedes mosquitoes so that they can take necessary steps to free their homes of the menace. “We cannot reach the rooftops of your(city dwellers) buildings. So if you(residents) watch stagnant water, either clean it by yourselves or inform us and we will clean it,” he said while visiting Dhaka match factory colony area to observe the water logging situation on a regular weekly visit. “Inform us if you know the breeding sources of Aedes mosquitos in your surroundings as it is impossible for us to locate and destroy them all by going home to home,” he said. READ: DSCC drive: Aedes larvae found in 5 buildings including DOM-INNO’s Besides, 27 mobile courts of the DNCC on Wednesday sued 27 individuals and collected a fine of Tk 2,16,500 as they found conditions conducive to the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes on their premises. Sources within Dhaka North City Corporation confirmed the news to UNB. Similar drives are also going on everyday in South Dhaka too. READ: Destroy aedes-breeding puddles or face penalty, warns LGRD minister Ten mobile courts of the DSCC on Tuesday fined owners of 24 under-construction buildings and houses Tk 3.31 lakh over the matter.
Bottle-shape wastebin to symbolise fight against plastic pollution and waterlogging
In the monsoon, waterlogging is one of the greatest concerns for city dwellers. It has been found that the majority of the waste that clogs the drainage are plastic bottles and plastic bags. Experts have attributed this to a lack of public awareness and good practice about the environment among city dwellers and said it would be impossible for the government or the city corporation to solve the waterlogging problem if people don’t take responsibility. To reduce the volume of plastic added into the drainage system and raise awareness, Dhaka South City Corporation’s Ward-21 councilor Mohammad Asaduzzaman has set up a bottle-shaped plastic collection point at Dhaka University's TSC area, and likely to put another 7 bottle-shaped plastic collection points across the 21st ward of Dhaka South City Corporation. Also read: Plastic waste increases from 178 tons per day in 2005 to 646 tons in 2020 in Dhaka The placard attached to the bottle reads "Put the plastic waste inside the bottle and help put an end to water-logging." Contacted, councilor Mohammad Asaduzzaman told UNB, “Although WASA was supposed to clean the drain in the previous years, this year the responsibility has come on us. When we were conducting the drainage cleaning program, we noticed that plastic waste was mainly blamed for hindering water flow and logging in the drainage system. We have collected approximately one and a half thousand bottles from almost every manhole.” Also read: Fighting plastic pollution: EcoVia working to transform RMG waste “So, I planned to set up such a bottle-shaped waste bin to motivate people to throw away these bottles in a dustbin, it is possible to prevent unwanted waterlogging. I believe that a unique awareness program can motivate people in a positive way,” he added. He claimed that he personally sponsored full money for the project. “In a program sponsored by Coca-Cola, I saw that the whole stage was arranged in the shape of a Coke bottle. I thought my problem is also bottle centered so let’s do something with the bottle shape,” he explained.
More city dwellers keep returning
After celebrating Eid at their respective village homes, the working people started returning to Dhaka city for the second day from Monday morning facing various difficulties due to absence of mass transports. Though there is no specific statistics, thousands of people had left Dhaka city for thier respective villages to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with their near and dear ones despite a ban on inter-district public transport services due to the worsening Covid-19 situation. As Eid-Ul-Fitr, one of the largest religious festivals for the Muslim Ummah, was celebrated across the country on Friday, hundreds of city dwellers have started to return to the city from Sunday morning after celebrating the Eid. Similarly, people started returning the city for the 2nd consecutive day of Monday. Witnesses said a large number of people were seen crossing Tongi Bridge from Tongi Bazar to Abdullahpur of Uttara, Amin Bazar Bridge from Amin Bazar to Gabtoli, Postagola Burigonga bridge of Shympur and Babu Bazar Burigonga Bridge of Babu Bazar by foot. Also read: 20- km tailback on Dhaka-Aricha highway The government has imposed lockdown restrictions since April 14 due to an increase in the coronavirus infection in the country. Even though long-distance buses are closed, people are returning from their respective villages to the Dhaka city to join their respective workplaces, especially garments industries. The government has again extended the ongoing restrictions on public movement and gathering, or so-called, lockdown, for another week -- until May 23 -- to contain the spread of Covid-19. Earlier before the Eid, despite government's effort to refrain the city dwellers from leaving Dhaka city, people had rushed to different districts of North and South in different small vehicles, even in goods trucks or pickups. Even the ferry was closed during the day and BGB was deployed to prevent them from crossing the Padma but government’s effort went on in vain. Amir Hossain, an employee of a garments industry of Mirpur Section-12, said he went to his native village in Shibchar of Madaripur district to celebrate the Eid festival facing various difficulties. Similarly he has returned Dhaka today (Monday noon) as he has to join his factory tomorrow (Tuesday). Witnesses said people are using microbus, private car, auto-rickshaw, pick-up Van, motorcycles and other vehicles to reach Burigonga bridge from Mawa ferry ghat. Similarly, people are using same types of vehicles to reach Amin Bazar bridge or cAshulia from Patoria ferry ghat. Besides, Private cars, microbuses , motorcycles and other types of vehicles like Pick-up van are being used to reach Tongi Bazar, Chattragram Road for Dhaka city from other destinations. Traffic Inspector Shahidur Rahman, on-duty near Babu Bazar Bridge, said people are returning Dhaka city from Sunday morning after celebrating the Eid. As inter-district passengers’ buses are restricted to enter the Dhaka city, people are entering the city crossing the bridge by foot, he added. Also read: People still trying to leave Dhaka defying restrictions, ignoring Covid risks As Covid-19 cases kept growing at an alarming rate since mid-March, the government had imposed a "loose nationwide lockdown" for one week from April 5. Later, a "stricter lockdown" was announced from April 14 to 21. On April 28, the government again extended the restrictions until May 5 and issued six fresh directives as the country is struggling to contain the Covid-19 transmission.
City life amid Covid-19 pandemic
The Coronavirus pandemic that has been raging since late March has rapidly changed people’s lives across the country.
Drizzle disrupts city life
Drizzle throughout the day caused immense sufferings to the commuters in the capital on Sunday.
Hungry for a walk, Dhaka residents defy Covid restrictions
Although economic activities have resumed to a large extent, the entertainment centres in the capital city remain closed as part of measures to limit transmission of coronavirus which has officially infected nearly 270,000 people and killed several thousand of them.
Monsoons bring back the menace of waterlogging
Incessant monsoon showers have inevitably led to large parts of the capital getting inundated, putting heavy burden of sufferings and chaos on city life.
Visiting kitchen market in the time of corona
Residents of the capital visited Kawran Bazar, the largest kitchen market of Dhaka, for buying groceries despite increasing rate of coronavirus infection in the country.
Covid-19: City dwellers unable to pay rent leave Dhaka
A large number of city dwellers have been leaving the capital or changing houses as their income took a hit an many of them lost their capacity to pay house rent.
Transport woes during coronavirus outbreak
The shortage of public transports caused immense sufferings for the city dwellers amid the coronavirus pandemic.