Vol. 5 Num 1138 Sat. August 11, 2007  

BCC disowns 'arbitrary' decisions of Mayor Sarwar

The Barisal City Corporation (BCC) authorities have decided to disown some decisions taken arbitrarily by Mayor Advocate Majibor Rahman Sarwar at eight emergency meetings attended by a few ward commissioners loyal to him during the last four years.

The BCC authorities took the decision at a meeting held at Nagor Bhaban here on Thursday. Acting Mayor Awlad Hossain Dilu presided the meeting while it was attended by some ward commissioners and corporation officials.

The meeting also formed a three-member investigation committee led by BCC chief executive officer Mehdi Hassan to investigate the justification of the meetings.

Other members of the committee are superintending engineer Nurul Islam and ward commissioner Altaf Mahmud Sikdar.

The probe committee was asked to submit its report in the next meeting of the corporation.

The meeting said Mayor Sarwar imposed some decisions in an irregular manner, illegally and forcibly ignoring the greater interest of both the corporation and the citizens.

Mayor Sarwar took the decisions for distribution of development work worth Tk 31 core, construction of two markets and regularisation of appointment of 124 employees and staff of BCC.

After reviewing the overall situation of BCC, the meeting said the appointment of 124 materroll employees and staff is being investigated by the government for alleged irregularities and corruption. Payment of their salaries has been held up till submission of the inquiry report and declaration of their appointments legal by the authorities concerned.

The meeting decided to stop construction of two markets on the land of the District Council at Marokkhola and on the land of the Public Works Department (PWD) in Sagordi area of BCC for not taking prior permission from the concerned authorities.

The meeting also decided to pay lease money to the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) for construction of the City Multipurpose Market on BIWTA land on Bandh Road in the city.

In the meeting, some ward commissioners alleged about disparity in allotment of development work under Mayor Sarwar. The development work was implemented only in the areas of the ward commissioners who were loyal to him. The meeting also decided to implement the development projects by giving priority on greater interest and urgent need of the citizens.