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23 October, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 23 October, 2019 01:02:39 AM
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Remove all illegal roadside structures

Remove all illegal 
roadside structures

The Dhaka North City Corporation, (DNCC), yesterday launched a drive to remove illegal structures occupying the streets and pavements in Karwan Bazar, the largest kitchen market in the capital. Reportedly, 165 makeshift shops and structures were removed from the commercial area. During the drive, an official team of the city corporation demolished illegal pavements along the poultry market. Makeshift shops on the pavements is a common feature around Dhaka city and the fact that often gets lost is that these are generally run under the protection of local influential people with political connections. Pavements in front of several major markets in town are unofficially occupied by the goons of such people, who take monthly rent from hawkers for allotting a small plot to set up shops. Apparently, it may seem like an unplanned setting, though in reality, each and every space is monitored by the acolytes of local bosses, who regularly collect money from the shops.

On several occasions, evictions were carried out though the result was short lived since the hawkers came back to set up shop with the greens signal of the local leaders. Unless these syndicates are broken and some of these protection plus extortion rackets busted, success from mere eviction will be limited. When carrying out an eviction, the city corporation has to provide an alternative to hawkers whose livelihoods should not be put in jeopardy.

The city corporation can create a special area in all wards where hawkers will be allowed to sit and also use the weekly holidays to set up special holiday markets. One other option may be to permit mobile kiosks on cycle or motor vans. Just coming over and demolishing structures seem a cruel move unless it’s supported by a long term strategy to help the hawkers find an alternative. To align with the current purging operation initiated by the government, the city corporations should also take action against those who run the large network of roadside shops.

These operations involve staggering amount of extortion money which needs to come out in the open to unmask some so called benevolent leaders.

 

 

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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