US, Canada among eight embassies asked to keep footpaths clear

The government plans to free all occupied footpaths and roads across Dhaka to ease pedestrian and vehicular movement

Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) authorities have asked eight foreign missions in Dhaka to clear their security apparatus from the footpaths in the diplomatic zone in an aim to ease public movement.

Copies of a letter signed by DNCC Chief Executive Officer Md Mesbahul Islam were sent to the foreign missions of the United States, Canada, Italy, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Australia and Turkey on Tuesday to shift their establishments from the footpaths to within the grounds of their missions.

Based on a writ petition filed by barrister Omar Sadat in February 11, 2001, the High Court ordered the then Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) mayor Sadek Hossain Khoka to free all footpaths in the diplomatic zone, as well as other areas of the city, according to a press release sent by DNCC on Wednesday.

Referring to the High Court order of 2001, Gulshan Society President ATM Shamsul Huda on December 15, 2016 submitted an application to DNCC Mayor Annisul Huq to implement the court order by evicting all illegal establishments on public walkways in the city’s posh areas.

Based on the application and the government’s overall plan to free the city’s footpaths and roads, the DNCC has requested the missions of these eight countries to shift their security establishments inside the mission areas, officials said.

The government plans to free all occupied footpaths and roads across Dhaka to ease pedestrian and vehicular movement.

As part of this plan, Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) approved a development project to rehabilitate hawkers from the footpaths in Gulistan, Motijheel, New Market, Farmgate, and in other areas, sources said.

Setting the plan into motion, officials of both the Dhaka north and Dhaka south city corporations have started to free the footpaths and prepare a list of evicted hawkers for rehabilitation. Several clashes have taken place between city corporation officials, police and the hawkers with regard to these eviction dives.

source: Dhakatribune