Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh has asked for closure of shops and businesses in the city corporation area by 8pm.
He was speaking as the chief guest at the inauguration of the ten-storey Sheikh Hasina Academic Building of Sher-e-Bangla Balika Mahavidyalaya at Tikatuli in the capital on Wednesday.
The DSCC mayor said: "We want to bring the city under a proper management. We want to close all business establishments and shops by 8pm. The outside world sees everything shut down after certain hours."
"We think if the shops and businesses of Dhaka city are closed by 8pm, we will be able to bring our overall activities under a proper management."
"If shops are closed within 8pm, Dhaka city will be free from traffic jams, we will be able to spend time with family, we will be able to give time to our children which is very important," said Barrister Sheikh Taposh, adding that if children are to be good citizens, it is very important for parents to spend time with their children.
"We often forget this. We go home tired, maybe we fall asleep or get busy with other things. But spending time with children is a very important factor in the formation of any nation.
"Considering everything, we have set a time till 8pm to keep shops and businesses open. I seek the cooperation of all to make it effective," he added.
Responding to a question from a journalist about the scarcity of public toilets in the city, the DSCC mayor said, "We are already studying how many ward-based public toilets are needed and in which wards the requirements are more."
"We will have at least one public toilet in each ward. We will have more public toilets in those areas where public transport is more. That is why we have already instructed the engineering department and the engineering department is conducting a survey to prepare a project," he added.