Health Desk- 31 July, 2020: Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh on Thursday announced a Tk 6,119.59 crore budget, with a major focus on recovering waterbodies, mosquito control activities and ensuring recreation facilities for city dwellers.
This is the first budget of Mayor Taposh after taking office. He announced it at Nagar Bhaban.
The budget is Tk 2,488.19 crore higher than that of the last fiscal.
In the budget, DSCC kept Tk 150 crore for the renovation of the old channel of the Buriganga, and Tk 250 crore to recover land along the river and construct roads and parks there.
The mayor said they want to bring the canals and waterbodies under the city corporation's jurisdiction and if necessary, they want to build walkways and parks along the banks.
DSCC is not the only organisation responsible for solving the city's waterlogging problem, but people expect more from the mayor and the city corporation as among the organisations only mayors are elected by them, he added.
He also said, "Following the will of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, we want to make the old town free from encroachment and pollution, for which we want to make the old channel of Buriganga -- that flows between Old Dhaka and Kamrangirchar -- more aesthetic after recovering it from encroachers."
He said they have already started the work and the Military Institute of Science and Technology is consulting on the project.
"We will also recover all the canals in Dhaka and we will do the necessary maintenance work," he said.
DSCC in the current fiscal kept Tk 35 crore for regular mosquito control activities which was Tk 43.30 crore in the last fiscal. In addition, it kept Tk 300 crore for comprehensive mosquito control activities for the first time.
"There is a huge number of waterbodies in the city which turned into breeding grounds for mosquitoes. These have become stagnant due to encroachment and pollution," the mayor said.