The Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) is stuck in a mire of lawsuits. It cannot do anything it intends to accomplish, said Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin.
"What the City Corporation will do – serve the people or run the cases? These lawsuits are hampering the development works," the mayor claimed while talking at a press conference in the port city on Tuesday.
"We are taking and implementing new projects to keep the promises I made in the election manifesto – building a clean, green and modern city with all civic amenities. We are collecting garbage at night to avert public sufferings and have appointed 1,972 cleaning employees," said Nasir.
"The city dwellers also needs to be taken the responsibility of building a clean city. And media also has a part to play," Nasir added.
The mayor said that as much as 80 percent area of the city has been lighted. Also, 1,304 kilometres of road is coming under LED lighting.
A new 2.9-kilometre canal is being dug up from Baroipara to Karnaphuli at Tk1,256 crore.
"The landowners are getting three times higher compensations," commented Nasir.
The mayor said that he expanded the total length of carpeted roads to 816 kilometres from 560 kilometres, concrete roads to 328 kilometres from 222 kilometres, drainage to 946.5 kilometres from 683.55 kilometres and footpaths to 287 kilometres from 146.07 kilometres.
Nasir said that the army gave the land for Kazir Dewri Shishu Park to the City Corporation. The contract between the park and the corporation is renewable.
"I have told them to install modern rides which are costing them Tk50 crore," said Nasir.
The City Corporation's Chief Executive Officer Mohammad Samshuddoha, Chief Engineer Lt Col Sohel Ahmed, Chief Urban Planner AKM Rezaul Karim, Chief Education Officer Sumon Barua and mayor's Personal Secretary Abul Hashem were also present at the press briefing.