Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, has once again made it to the list of the world's worst liveable cities. It has reportedly been ranked the fourth least liveable city in the world, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) annual global survey. The worldwide league table ranks 140 cities on a range of factors, including political and social stability, crime, education and access to healthcare. Dhaka ranked the third worst liveable city in the Global Liveability Index 2019, and the second worst in 2018 Index.
It is not difficult to understand that Dhaka has not acquired this position suddenly. It was a gradual process. While other city dwellers and officials concerned were sincerely carrying out their respective duties to upgrade the condition of their cities, we, as a nation neglected this matter. Time has come to ask ourselves: Have we played our roles?
We have failed to chalk out any short-term or long-term plans for making Dhaka city more liveable and creating public awareness in this regard. Many people have compromised the interest of the city for personal gains. We hope everyone of us will one day realises the importance of a liveable city and, someday our collective efforts will make this historical city liveable again.
Abu Elias Linkon,
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