Dhaka, Jan 9 – Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, Mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) has lost all his credentials to remain in the post, according to his predecessor Sayeed Khokon.
“Mayor has been giving speeches against corruptions since he took the post, but I want to tell him—firstly free yourself from corruption in order to create a graft-free administration—before pointing at others,” said Khokon.
Taposh has amassed hundreds of crores taka of DSCC and transferred them to Madhumoti Bank, Khokon alleged, adding that Taposh also invested more in different people and companies.
On the other hand, needy officials and staffs of the DSCC are not getting wages for months, he added, claiming that different development projects of DSCC were shut due to lack of money.
“Through all this works, Taposh has lost his credibility to remain mayor anymore, according to section 9 (2) of City Corporation Act 2009,” the former mayor said.
On December 8, DSCC authorities demolished over 250 illegal shops out of 911 at Fulbaria Super Market-2, as it launched an eviction drive braving the obstacles posed by the shop owners.
The Mayor decided to launch the eviction drive following the report of a committee that 911 shops were set up illegally at Fulbaria Super Market-2 behind Nagar Bhaban. The shop owners claimed that the previous DSCC Mayor Sayeed Khokon allotted these shops in exchange for a large sum of money.
“After getting order from the High Court and taking decision in the board meeting, we amended the market designs, collected arrear rents and decided to permit legal operation of business,” he said.
But without any prior notice, DSCC authorities demolished the shops bringing thousands of shop owners and staffs to the streets, Khokon said.
“Current Nagar administration doesn’t bother with any rational demands of city dwellers,” Khokon said, requesting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to rehabilitate the displaced traders.
Earlier on November 6, DSCC started cleaning waste from Shampur canal while continuing its drive in Dhanmondi Lake.
The campaign is part of DSCC’s plan to bring the dying canals and waterbodies of the city to life. It also wants to destroy the breeding grounds of mosquitos in these areas through clean-up programs.
Taposh instructed to clean up and remove garbage from Shampur canal, Jirani canal, Kalunagar canal, Manda canal, and Khilgaon Lake.
The campaign of cleaning Shampur canal started at Baroitola point following the direction. – UNB