This piece was originally posted on ICLEI’s CityTalk website.
Following the imposition of a national lockdown in Bangladesh on March 24, to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Singra municipality has taken several initiatives for the people’s benefit. Leaflets are being used to spread awareness on the importance of staying at home, washing hands frequently and wearing masks. The municipality is also using the e-rickshaws launched under the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) to deliver groceries and other essential items to the people. Hon’ble Mayor of Singra Md. Zannatul Ferdous spoke to ICLEI South Asia about the various initiatives being implemented in the municipality during the lockdown.
What are the measures being taken in your municipality to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic?
We understand that staying at home and avoiding public gatherings are the best ways of protecting oneself and curbing the spread of the coronavirus. We are following all the guidelines provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Ministry of Health under the government of Bangladesh. In our municipality, we have requested the residents to stay at home until further notice. We are raising public awareness through leaflets and public address systems. The municipal staff is not working at the moment. However, there is a designated team working during this crisis, and its members are staying at the municipal guest house, away from their families.
We had recently launched some e-rickshaws as public transport in our municipality; they were operating under the TUMI project. We are now using these vehicles to deliver groceries to low and middle-income families so that they can stay safe at home.