Dhaka, Bangladesh
Mirpur roadside illegal bazaars bulldozed

Clean-city demolition drive

Mirpur roadside illegal bazaars bulldozed

News Report Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) on Monday conducted an eviction drive in Mirpur-1, Shah Ali Mazar Gate and Sony Cinema Hall areas of the city and demolished about 350 illegal structures. Starting around 11:30 am, the drive led by DNCC Executive Magistrate Sajid Anwar continued till 3pm. Aslamul Haque, MP, Mayor in-Charge of DNCC Md Jamal Mostafa, Ward Councilor Tipu Sultan and Regional Executive Officer Gullal Singh were present during the drive. Meanwhile, residents in the city's Kalyanpur and Paikapara areas have urged city authorities to take concrete steps to widen lanes and by-lanes against the backdrop of repeatedly fire incidents Locals have apprehended a major catastrophe can happen if lanes and by-lanes are not widened as vehicles of Fire Service and Civil Defence can't enter the area. The population of Kalyanpur, Paikpara and Pirerbagh has increased manifolds in the last 10 years. Some areas at Mirpur like Kalyanpur, Kazipara, Senpara, Parbata and Shewrapara have grown in unplanned way over the years. Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) authorities have taken up steps to widen lanes and by-lanes at Kalyanpur and Paikpara to ease movement of transports and pedestrians. In the 1970, 80 and 90s, Kalyanpur and Paikpara grew haphazardly under the very nose of the former Dhaka Improvement Trust (DIT) and Rajuk. Roads are very narrow and at some points, car and rickshaws can't cross each other. A good number of developers are now constructing high-rise buildings in the areas. 20 years back, the number of vehicles was few. Nowadays the number has increased manifolds. The movement of pedestrians has also increased. Some 10 years ago, Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) authorities constructed some 100 shops at the depot. The road between Kalyanpur bus stand and Natunbazar is 20 feet wide and it needs to be widened up to 30 feet to ease traffic movement. Meanwhile, local commissioner of ward number 11 Dewan Abdul Mannan has motivated some local residents to widen some roads at Kalyanpur and Paikpata areas. Local people hope that Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAUK) and Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) would take initiatives to widen Kalyanpur Main Road and bylanes. Residents of Kalyanpur area have demanded widening of Kalyanpur Main Road as unauthorized establishments and parking of rickshaws have caused sufferings to pedestrians and smooth movement of transports. Kaniz Fatema, a local resident of Kalyanpur area, while talking to this correspondent said that Rajdhani Unnayna Kartripakkha (RAUK) and Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) should take initiatives to widen Kalyanpur Main Road and the inner roads. A good number of developers are now constructing high-rise buildings in the area. The number of residents is on rise there. In 2005, the then local commissioner Shamim Parvez took initiatives to widen inner roads of the locality. The entire Kalyanpur are has grown in an unplanned way. People constructed building in the 70s and 80s and in even 90s without keeping space for widening the roads. Last year Member of Parliament Md Aslamul Haque said that the present government is working hard on beautifying the Dhaka city following model of the developed cities. He said that Dhaka city has become a megacity with nearly 20 million population. He was speaking as the chief guest at a foundation laying ceremony of a mosque at Kalyanpur. He assured the local residents that steps would be taken to widen lanes and by-lanes in consultation with local residents to make Kalyanpur a modern area like Lalmatia, Mohammadpur and Dhanmondi.

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