Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) mayor Md Atiqul Islam has said the eviction drive in illegally occupied parks would start from October 3, and the public parks would be handed over to the public, which is the pledge of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on her 74th birthday.
The mayor was speaking at the inauguration of a two-day programme organised by the DNCC on the occasion of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's 74th birthday at Justice Shahabuddin Ahmed Park at Gulshan-2 at noon on Monday.
Atiqul Islam said people who occupy roads and pavements should change their attitude.
He said Bangabandhu loved the country and the people of the country and was jailed for the red-green flag. If we could hold on to that thought of the Father of the Nation, we would not have to bulldoze illegal structures.
"You are constructing houses by leaving rods and cement on the pavement. Have you ever thought of the trouble people face on the streets or sidewalks?" he said.
"Our goal is to build an inclusive city – 'Dhaka for all'," he added.
At the end of the inauguration ceremony, the guests inaugurated two mobile libraries "Parampara" and observed paintings by children and teenagers.
Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives minister Md Tajul Islam was the chief guest.
State minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain, senior secretary at the Local Government Helaluddin Ahmed, member of parliament Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin, Asaduzzaman Noor, AKM Rahmat Ullah, Subarna Mostafa, Nahid Izhar, special assistant to the prime minister Biplob Barua, cultural personality Nasir Uddin Yusuf Bachchu, Ambassador of Turkey Mostafa Osman Turan, chief executive officer of DNCC Selim Reza and others were present as special guests.