Tabith Awal, BNP’s mayoral candidate for the DNCC polls, says if elected, he will work for a facelift of the capital and give his best to improve the city’s environment and air quality.
From managing the capital’s waste to reducing horrific traffic congestion, containing waterlogging to mosquito menace -- the 40-year-old businessman promises he will never compromise on the priorities of the citizens.
Tabith, who has a postgraduate degree from George Washington University, claims he has well-laid-out plans and strategies to solve the problems of Dhaka north residents, and he has been conducting research and collecting data for the last few years to find out the solutions.
The findings will be published in his election manifesto, he added.
Talking to The Daily Star recently, Tabith said creating a corruption-free and efficient city corporation will be one of his core areas to focus.
He also promised to reinstate democratic values, transparency and accountability in the city corporation to establish the rights of the citizens.
Tabith said he would use his management and entrepreneurship skills to make the city corporation financially self-reliant.
He identified a lack of coordination among the service providing organisations as one of the key reasons for citizens’ sufferings.
“I, as a real peoples’ representative and head of the city corporation, will focus on an integrated work plan to manage the waste, reduce traffic congestion and pollution.”
Regarding the mosquito menace, the mayoral candidate said cleaning up the trashes and stagnant water and using larvaecide would be his first steps to reduce the problem.
He also has a plan to spray appropriate insecticides throughout the year and planting more mosquito repellent plants like Citronella and Basil in different areas of the capital to reduce mosquito menace.
Tabith contested the last city corporation election and boycotted it halfway raising allegations of vote rigging and illegal stuffing.
Asked whether he will do the same this year, he said, “No, I will not. Last time, the situation was different and many lives came under threat all of a sudden. This time we are going to the election knowing everything and with a huge support of people who tried to vote for us on December 30, 2018.”
Whether it would be a problem to work if he gets elected from the opposition party, Tabith said it would be his strength to serve the people with even more efficiency and vibrancy.
“If I get elected, I will be elected with people’s vote which the incumbent mayors lacked. When you are a member of the ruling party, you have to maintain its rules and protocol while in office. But with me there is no chance of that happening,” he said.