1 thousand 200 volunteers of the voluntary organization BD Clean came forward to help the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) in cleaning the Paris Road canal in the Mirpur-11 section area of the capital Dhaka. DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam went down to the canal with them and cleaned the garbage.
At the end of the day, the garbage accumulated in more than half a kilometer of the one kilometer long canal was cleaned in 8 hours. Today, Friday at around 10 am, the canal cleaning work started by reciting the oath to the volunteers to work for the welfare of the country and the people of the country in a field adjacent to Paris Road.
According to DNCC public relations department, canal cleaning work started from Mirpur-11 raw market section around 10:30 am. Sometimes there was a one-hour prayer and meal break from half past one to two half past two. The work was completed at 5:30 pm. In this, Mayor Atiqul Islam worked with volunteers to clean the canal till 4 pm.
By the end of the day the canal was cleared up to a culvert section on Paris Road.
Stop littering, there will be no waterlogging
Mayor Atiqul Islam said, once the launch used to go through the Paris canal. And that canal has now become a wasteland. Due to the dirt, there is no water in this canal but one can walk over the accumulated waste in the canal. The mayor said, “I myself participated in cleaning the canal for the people. The locals should be ashamed, they threw garbage in this canal, grabbed it and strangled it to death. But everyone says that the city corporation does nothing to solve the waterlogging. I want to tell the residents, if you stop throwing garbage in the canal, then there will be no flooding. Not only the city, but also you have to take responsibility.
One month time to remove the slums
The Mayor thanked the BD Clean volunteers for spontaneously rushing to clean the canal during the holidays. In response to a question, the mayor said that the structures that fall within the canal area will be demolished. There are some slums at the canal site. The slum dwellers have been given a month to move out. If I wanted, I could have demolished everything with a bulldozer today, but I didn’t, I gave them time. Evacuation will be carried out without delay.
DNCC Mayor announced the cleanup operation and eviction of illegal encroachment while visiting Mirpur Paris Canal last Wednesday. In continuation of that, the canal cleaning work was started today. Dhaka North City will carry out this campaign until the canal is completely cleared.
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