City corporations remove 33,000 tonnes of animal waste

The authorities of two city corporations in Dhaka removed more than 33,000 tonnes of sacrificial animal waste during this Eid-ul-Adha. The Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) removed more than 19,000 tonnes while Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) removed more than 14,000 tonnes of waste till Wednesday, city corporation officials concerned said.They also said that DSCC introduced live monitoring system through social media and its own control system, which helped them to remove waste within the stipulated time. 

According to city corporation authority, around 3.5 lakh sacrificial animals were slaughtered in the DSCC areas and over 2.5 lakh sacrificial animals were slaughtered in the DNCC areas during this Eid-ul-Adha.  DSCC officials said, “Mayor Sayeed Khokon monitored the overall situation of waste management from the control room in different areas of DSCC by involving Conservancy Inspector (CI) or councilor in a video conference via Facebook Live or WhatsApp. 

In addition, the ward inspectors concerned had to show the situation of their areas directly (live) to the control room on motorcycle or their own vehicle, the officials added.  When asked, Mayor Sayeed Khokon said, “Earlier, it would not be possible to remove the waste of the sacrificial animals within three to four days. Now, we have been monitoring the waste management through live control room for the past few years. I personally supervised the work of each ward directly from the control room.”

The mayor also said, “Each of our workers has worked and they do not get any opportunity for negligence at their work now. As a result, we have been able to remove the first day’s waste within the stipulated time.” DSCC executive engineer (Waste Management) AHM Abdullah Harun told Bangladesh Post, “We have removed more than 19,000 tonnes of waste of sacrificial animals till Wednesday.  We used about 382 vehicles including truck, container box, container carrier, dumper truck, compactor, payloader, water carrier truck and tire dozer.” Apart from live monitoring, DSCC has also introduced a hotline to receive allegations on waste management of sacrificial animals.  City corporation officials said, “About 216 city dwellers called the DSCC hotline ‘09611000999’ while 45 citizens sought help regarding the waste management of sacrificial animals. City Corporation informed the citizens after the task was completed.”    On the other hand, Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) authority removed 13,234 tonnes of waste of sacrificial animals till Tuesday.

 DNCC official said, “Some 273 spots were fixed for slaughtering of the sacrificial animals, adding that this year the number of slaughtering of animals in the designated spots increased compared to that in the previous years. As many as 9,500 cleaners worked for disposal of the waste from Eid day.

“DNCC cleaners removed the animal wastes from the slaughtering spots and residences in the city corporation areas by Tuesday,” DNCC Mayor Md Atiqul Islam told a press conference at the DNCC Bhaban in the capital’s Gulshan.

He said, they are pondering to use animal waste for power generation instead of dumping it in the coming days.