Published:  10:46 PM, 14 March 2019

Atiqul appeals to civic loyalties urging people to ‘Love Dhaka’

Atiqul appeals to civic loyalties urging people to ‘Love Dhaka’
Newly elected Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Md Atiqul Islam on Thursday proposed a new tagline for the capital styled "Love Dhaka" for creating mass awareness to make the country's largest city a resilient one.

The DNCC Mayor gave the proposal while addressing an international workshop at a city hotel in the city titled 'Towards Resilient Dhaka City' jointly organized by DNCC, SEEDS Asia and the World Bank.

"We don't need to take example from other cities, let us make Dhaka an example to others," he added.

He also emphasized the importance of conducting more community awareness programme as well as providing training to city dwellers on disaster preparedness so that all inhabitants of the capital can contribute to make the capital a resilient city.

The workshop was organized to share the experiences and learning from two important projects - "Urban Resilience Project (URP)-DNCC Part" supported by World Bank and "Capacity building for Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction in Urban Area of Bangladesh" implemented by DNCC and SEEDS Asia supported by JICA as well as to discuss the way forward to make Dhaka a resilient city.

During the workshop, the mayor also unveiled a newly published booklet, "Nagar Pratyasha," that is a compilation of extensive research based DRR (Disaster Risk Reduction) knowledge by experts and community members in North Dhaka city.

DNCC Chief Executive Office Abdul Hai, Chief Engineer Brig Gen Md Jubayer Salehin, JICA country programme coordinator Naoki Matsumura, Senior Representative Yasuhiro Kawazoe, Executive Director of SEEDS Asia Yuko Nakagawa spoke community preparedness at the workshop.

Project director of URP-DNCC Dr Tariq bin Yousuf, SEEDS Asia media consultant Suvendrini Kakuchi and project coordinator Miharu Sato gave separate presentations in the workshop.

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