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Comilla voters want city problems solved

Comilla city dwellers are facing many problems, including water logging, traffic jams and drug addiction, for long due to negligence of people’s representatives.
Before the first Comilla city corporation polls in 2012, candidates had given many commitments to city people but a few of the commitments were implemented in the last four years, voters said.

Fed up with traffic jams, drug problems, water logging, mugging, land grabbing and the sliding law and order, voters hope new mayor would do something about their problems.

People, who were at the helm of Comilla municipality, now a city corporation, had made lots of pledges but did little for the people, alleged the city people.

Sheer negligence of people’s representatives, indifference of law enforcers to their duties and lack of awareness of people are the main reasons for Comilla city descending to what it has become, the dwellers said.

Mohiuddin Mozumder, a resident of Bagichagaon area, said many parts of the city go under water after little rains. “Many people’s representatives and their allies have occupied the drainage system by constructing illegal structures,” he said.

He also said, “I find no eligible and competent candidate as all of them have a bad image.
But I will have to choose one of them.”

Traffic jam is one of the major problems of the city. More than 10,000 Easy-Trikes (battery-run vehicles) are plying the city streets causing traffic jam but most of the vehicles are running without registration, sources said.

Masuma Aktar, a resident of Thakurpara area, said the population is increasing day by day but the traffic system is not improved. “No new roads are built, most of the roads are narrow and old roads are lying without repair. These are the main reasons for terrible traffic jams,” she observed.

Md Nabi, a resident of Chakbazar area, said candidates are giving commitments for development of the town but they used to forget their promises after they were elected as mayor or counsellor.

“I hope the new mayor will take steps on priority basis to ease traffic jams and water logging problem,” said Nabi.

Sumon Ahmed, a student of Comilla Victoria Government College, said city dwellers are suffering for faulty waste management.

He said, “Skips are left here and there. The garbage pick-up is not regular and sometimes trash is left there for days making the environment unbearable.”

“The new mayor should give due importance to garbage management,” he added

A cloth shop owner, Abul Kashem, said drug problem should be the new mayor’s top priority. He claimed that about 70 percent youths in Comilla are addicted to phensidyl, which smuggles into Bangladesh from India.

“Drugs are available here as Comilla city is located near the Indian border,” he said.

Abu Sayed, a rickshaw-puller cum tea-vendor of Kandirpar, said the law and order situation is getting worse day-by-day in the city.

“At least one or two incidents of mugging have become a norm every night. The new mayor should prioritise maintaining law and order,” he said.

The Comilla City Corporation election is scheduled to be held on March 30.

Former mayor of Comilla City Corporation Monirul Hoque Shakku from BNP ticket and Anjum Sultana Sima from ruling AL ticket are the major candidates vying for the mayoral post.

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) leader Shirin Akter and Major (retd) Mamunur Rashid (Independent) are also taking part in the race while 40 reserved (women) councillor candidates are contesting against nine posts and 74 general councillor candidates against 27 posts.

Source: Daily Sun, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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