Awami League mayoral candidate Atiqul Islam yesterday announced his election manifesto with promises of addressing the mosquito menace, improving drainage system and air quality, and enhancing sports and outdoor facilities.
He also pledged to form a special committee to curb corruption and develop an app through which people would be able to file their complaints regarding corruption.
Atiqul, former president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) unveiled the manifesto titled “Shobai miley, shobar Dhaka” at a hotel in the capital.
If voted to power, Atiqul will succeed the late Annisul Huq. The DNCC mayoral post has been vacant following the death of Huq on November 30, 2017. He was elected mayor on April 28, 2015.
Last month, the High Court cleared the way for holding DNCC by-election and election to the 36 new wards -- 18 under DNCC and 18 under the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC). It will be held on February 28.
Addressing the press conference, Atiqul said, “Dhaka's problems can only be solved if we all work together. City corporation will fulfil its obligations to residents.”
He pledged to finish the projects and development works initiated by the previous mayor, and also undertake new projects to resolve major issues affecting the city.
Atiqul said he will work to introduce a modern traffic management system, an app where citizens could share issues involving the city, and modern bus stops with GPS tracking facilities.
He pledged to take several steps to ensure a healthy Dhaka city, including sustainable waste management system.
Atiqul promised that he will address drug abuse in the city and promote sports among the youths.
He also expressed his determination to remove all establishments built on footpaths and government land.