Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon, who had taken charge with a loan burden of Tk 350 crore of the corporation, will end one year today (Tuesday) with some achievements and failures.
Sayeed Khokon, son of Mohammad Hanif, former Mayor of undivided DCC, took oath on May 6 but held the first board meeting on May 17 of 2015, from that day his five-year tenure is counted.
With its limited income, the DSCC could so far repay Tk 100 crore loan out of Tk 350 crore, begin various development activities with Tk 1,700 crore and evict a number of illegal establishments.
Among his attainments also include setting up of several thousand waste collecting bins and partial solution to the street lamp problem.
The DSCC has a plan to set up 15,000 waste collecting bins gradually.
But the corporation led by Sayeed Khokon has failed to remove traffic gridlock, which was one of his prime electoral promises.
Some city dwellers have told the Daily Observer that the traffic congestion has worsened even further.
Floating hawkers from the footpaths could not be removed though half-hearted initiatives were taken on several occasions.
Sayeed Khokon said that the footpaths and roads would not be freed from illegal encroachment without the help of police.
One of the promised 57 waste collecting containers was built at Hazaribagh while the construction of the remaining is uncertain.
The corporation could not free most of the 39 playgrounds and recreational parks from occupation and pollution though Tk 21 crore was allocated for those developments.
City residents are tired of wrong time road diggings.
The electoral manifesto of the Mayor promised construction of many more hostels for working women (Karmajibi Mahila Hostels) but to no result.
Mosquito menace in many parts of Khokon's constituencies, including Kamrangirchar, is unbearable even at day time.
Many people with mosquito bites have been hospitalised with fever all through the last year, according to hospital sources.
Some residents have alleged that the authorities of the corporation do not spray anti-mosquito drugs regularly and adequately.
The pesticides of the corporation are reportedly sold openly at some shops of Siddique Bazar.
Sayeed Khokon in his manifesto declared war against terrorists, extortionists and the corrupt but the progress in this is found to be slow.
The industrial and household waste management system has not improved at all.
The bad odour in many city points forces commuters to cover their nostrils with cloths while crossing those areas.
Scavengers do not collect wastes from roadside containers timely. Even a slight rainfall inundates many important roads of the DSCC due to poor drainage system.
The Mayor also promised to keep the River Buriganga clean but even today the wastes of the corporation are dumped into the river, while land grabbing on the banks of the river goes on unabated.
Load shedding has now reached an intolerable level, particularly in the old parts of the city, contrary to his electoral promise.
A number of old men and children were hospitalised after suffering from sun stroke and various intestinal diseases due to severe heat wave in the last few days, according to the data of some hospitals and private clinics.
City Planner Iqbal Habib has said that the corporation is lagging behind in implementing development projects and in administrative activities.
He suggested the Mayor to undertake timely plan and programme with the councillors to solve the crisis.
Mayor Sayeed Khokon, "We have already assessed divisional basis action plans for the development of our constituencies," he said. He thinks decentralisation of Dhaka city can make the capital into a liveable city.