Haphazard dumping of waste in open spaces on both Bangla Academy and Suhrawardy Udyan premises of Amar Ekushey Book Fair, by both stall attendants and visitors, disappoints booklovers going there to enjoy the festival of books.
Poor waste management as well as public nuisances hindering cleanliness have left some corners of the fair premises often remain filthy for days.
The objectionable wastes included trashed food packets, plastic bottles of water and cold drinks, disposable plates and mugs, used napkins and book catalogues.
The north-western corner and north-eastern corner near the four food courts on Suhrawardy Udyan fair premises have been used as dumping points.
Despite permanent toilets being erected at the south-eastern corner of the Suhrawardy Udyan premises, male visitors and stall attendants were often urinating openly at the north-western corner, making the place filthy, complained some visitors who were disgusted by the sight and the smell coming from the site.
This correspondent found the open theatre gallery at that corner littered with wastes.
Fair organising committee member secretary Jalal Ahmed told New Age that at least 62 temporary bins were placed on the two fair premises for trash dumping.
No temporary bin was found at the corner, though the place usually remained crowded with fair visitors taking rest or snacks at the food corners.
Mohammad Mamun, manager of Nirapad food court near the corner, claimed that visitors bringing food from outside the fair premises mostly dumped trashed packets, littering the place.
On Monday afternoon, the fair organising committee called attention of the Metro Baker and Bangla Academy Canteen employees to clean the north-eastern corner of Suhrawardy Udyan premises as the place became littered with ice-cream packs and disposable coffee mugs.
Stall attendants at Dhaka Comics, Ignite Publication Limited and Supta Publication of the Children’s Corner had been complaining for several days that some police personnel, who were deployed at the south-eastern corner, were urinating behind their stalls causing a foul-smelling odour coming from there throughout the day.
Dhaka Comics publisher and cartoonist Mehedi Haque on Sunday told New Age that the fair organising committee had been informed of the nuisance several times.
The fair organising committee, however, on Monday, erected a bamboo-made fence behind the stalls.
Its member secretary Jalal Ahmed urged visitors and stall attendants to refrain from dumping wastes haphazardly as the practice tarnish the image of the fair and demean the spirit of the Language Movement.
On the 19th day of the fair, 141 new titles hit the bookstalls.
At Mela Mancha, Bangla Academy held a discussion on the economy of Bangladesh. Hasnat Abdul Hye chaired the discussion.
As part of the cultural event, Dhrupadi Acting Space staged Novera, a play performed by the sole actor Samiun Jahan Dola.
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