Published:  12:08 AM, 15 March 2019

Is he ambitious?

Atiqul echoes predecessor brushing aside Dhaka's degrading position in surveys

Is he ambitious?

Once, the late Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Annisul Huq was asked about the degrading position in international ranks on almost every counts of Dhaka. "First, you have to understand the nature of the metropolises in this orient and none should discard the socio-economic aspect of the capital which provides bread and butter for millions," he dispatched the first line of attack.

"Let us treat the city uniquely, and don't be bogged down with the numbers and figures," the sweetener whisked up. His successor, newly elected businessman turned Mayor Atiqul Islam, is treading on the same path as he remarked "We don't need to take example from other cities, let us strive to make Dhaka an example to others."

He said while speaking at an international workshop titled 'Towards Resilient Dhaka City', organized by DNCC, SEEDS Asia and the World Bank at a city hotel yesterday. The program aimed at sharing experiences from two projects - 'Urban Resilience Project (URP)-DNCC Part' supported by the 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.

Like the exclusive slogan of Huq, Islam yesterday proposed his tagline-- Love Dhaka. The theme prioritizes mass awareness in making the metropolis a supple one. However, he was not specific about whether Huq's projects filled and fueled by clean and green Dhaka spirit would go on.      

A booklet-- Nagar Pratyasha-- was launched from the event. Abdul Hai, Brig Gen Md Jubayer Salehin, Naoki Matsumura, Yasuhiro Kawazoe, Yuko Nakagawa, Dr Tariq bin Yousuf, Suvendrini Kakuchi and Miharu Sato were also present at the program.

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