The prime minister congratulated the newly elected mayor and councillors
for their victory in the polls and asked them to uphold the dignity of
confidence and trust of the city people which they bestowed on them by giving

“The government is working relentlessly to ensure civic amenities of the
people. You’ve also responsibility to decorate the city beautifully, keep it
neat and clean and improve the living standard of the people,” she said.

The prime minister also instructed the city corporations to make stride so
that they can stand in their own feet by increasing income.

“The government is executing different projects of the city corporations,
but it will not always do everything and the local government institutions
will also have to work and implement projects so that they become self-
reliant,” she said.

In this connection, Sheikh Hasina pointed out that Chittagong City
Corporation once was stood in its own feet where mayor late ABM Mohiuddin
Chowdhury ran the corporation efficiently.

The prime minister said the government will construct flats for stranded
Pakistanis living at Geneva Camp in Mohammadpur in the capital.

“There are many Biharis who expressed allegiance to Pakistan during the
liberation war. But Pakistan didn’t take back them and they are leading an
inhuman life in the camp,” she said.

She said the government in the meantime is searching place for them and
will build flats so that they can live there smoothly.

The prime minister said the government will also construct flats for the
cleaners of Dhaka North City Corporation.

“We’ve already constructed four multi-storied buildings, out of 13, in
Dhaka South City Corporation for the cleaners. Such buildings will also be
constructed for the cleaners of the DNCC,” she said.

The prime minister urged the dwellers to keep the city neat and clean and
maintain austerity in using electricity and water. She also asked them to
abide by traffic rules to avert road accident.

The premier asked the mayor and councillors to assist the students so that
they can cross roads after the school hours.

Sheikh Hasina said the government divided Dhaka City Corporation into north
and south to ensure services for the people.

Mentioning that the government’s every step as public-friendly, the premier
said the government has implemented Hatirjheel Project and built a number of
flyovers, while the work on constructing Metro Rail and Elevated Expressway
is underway in the capital for development of communication and easing
traffic jam.

The by-election to the mayoral post of the DNCC and the post of general
councillors and reserved seats councillors in 36 wards added newly to the
DNCC and DSCC were held on February 28 last.

Awami League candidate Atiqul Islam was elected DNCC mayor in the by-

He secured 8,39,302 votes with ‘Boat’ symbol while his nearest contestant
Shafin Ahmed of Jatiya Party bagged 52,429 votes with ‘plough’ symbol.

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