Greens oppose setting up up garbage station in Panthakunja Park

Staff Correspondent

HUNDREDS of protesters on Saturday asked the government to refrain from setting any   garbage transfer or dumping station within the Panthakunja Park to the west of the Sonargaon Hotel in the city.
From a human chain, they urged the authorities to stop the ongoing work for setting up the waste dumping station that would destroy the beautiful park.
Protesters formed the human chain in front of the park at the behest of Bangladesh Poribesh Andalan, Nirapad Development Foundation, Green Voice and Work for Better Bangladesh Trust.
There could be no justification at all to set up the garbage station in the lone public park for Kanthalbagan, Bangla Motor, Hatirpool and the nearby areas, said BAPA secretary general Md Abdul Matin speaking during the demonstration.
The authorities closed the park to visitors in November 2004 for its face lifting under Dhaka City Beautification ahead of SARRC Summit.
The park got the face lift and was split into two parts — Panthakunja Park and Panthakunja Plaza.
Each evening the beautiful park close to the Saarc Fountain in front of the Sonargaon Hotel draws hundreds of vistitors, said Matin.
He said that the authorities closed one side of Bir Uttam C R Dutta Road to traffic for setting up the controversial dumping station.
A major portion of the park on its western side is blocked by slums, illegal structures and citycorporation’s dust bins, said Matin.
The Urban Public and Environment Health Sector Development Project of the Local Government Division has undertaken the ‘Construction and Management of Secondary Transfer Station Project’ inside the park, a city landmark, maintained by the Dhaka North City Corporation.
Matin urged the government to refrain from setting up the garbage transfer or dumping station inside the park.
Residents from nearby areas in petitions requested the Department of Environment, the city corporation and the local government division’s project director to abandon the ill conceived idea of destroying the park.
Bapa joint secretary Mihir Biswas,  Pathapath area resident Kamal Hossain, Green Voice coordinator Humayun Kabir Sumon and Nirapad Development Foundation chairman Ibnul Sayed Rana took park in the human chain with hundreds of protesters.

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