Keep footpaths free to avoid jam on roads: Dhaka North Mayor

Dhaka, May 25 (UNB)— Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Atiqul Islam on Saturday said that the city’s footpaths must be kept clear to reduce traffic congestions.

“Since footpaths are occupied illegally, people are forced to walk on the roads. If we keep the footpaths clear, then the traffic jams will be reduced,” he said.

Atiqul was speaking at a dialogue on habitability of Dhaka city, arranged by Urban Development Journalists Forum (UDJF) at Jatiya Press Club. 

He acknowledged the challenges, including road and food safety, ensuring adequate water supply, freeing wetlands and more, for saving the capital. 

“We need to work with responsibility to face these challenges,” he said, mentioning that good governance is also a major factor.

He said that illegally occupied canals in the city must be freed to save Dhaka. 

He also expressed satisfaction saying that the country’s readymade garment sector thrived despite the global negative feedback after Rana Plaza tragedy.

Regarding safe water supply, the mayor said that he had contacted Wasa’s managing director to look into the matter.