DCCs set to revamp new wards

Shahed Shafiq
Published : 07:30, Oct 13, 2018 | Updated : 07:30, Oct 13, 2018

The Dhaka city corporations or DCCs have started to scout for the state-owned lands and properties to revamp the 18 new wards recently added under their wings.
“We have issued letters to the chairmen of these wards,” Khan Md Bilal, Chief Executive Officer of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) told Bangla Tribune.
He said they have met with officials from related ministries and government offices and have decided on a few things aimed at ensuring top-notch services to the residents of these wards.
The Ministry of Land has been requested to locate the amount of government owned land in these wards and an organization named Institute of Water Modeling (IWM) has been hired to come up with a master plan and conduct a feasibility study.
IWM will conduct a study of the whole area and plan out appropriate locations for regional and ward offices, community centers, hospitals, playgrounds parks, garbage disposals and other facilities and hand it over to DSCC.
The Chief Engineer of DSCC, Asaduzzaman told Bangla Tribune, “We have grand plans to revamp these wards and have taken all the necessary steps to achieve this.”
On the other hand, the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) authorities have already made significant progress towards the goal, its Secretary Rabindra Sri Barua told Bangla Tribune.
He said, “Four departments of DNCC has been working in this regard. The Engineering department has developed a project plan for infrastructure construction and development after finishing its survey.”
The project framework details area of available lands and possible locations for each kind of facilities to be constructed for the new wards added under the DNCC, added Barua.
DNCC has also come up with implementation plans of multiple projects including arrangements for waste management and streamlining tax collections in the new wards.
On Jun 9, 2017, National Implementation Committee for Administrative Reorganization-Reform (NICAR) decided to add eight new unions to both the city corporations. Local government division issued a gadget notification after formation of 36 new wards under 16 new unions the following month. The added wards took the tolal number of wards to 129 and expanded the city area to 270 square kilometers from 129.