Monday, 2 November 2009

Green activists protest at move to build market in playground

Green activists protest at move to build market in playground
The Daily New Age

Green activists along with cultural and sports personalities formed a human chain on Saturday, protesting at the move to construct a market on a playground at Mirpur of the Dhaka city.

Save the Environment Movement and Barnak Samaj Kalyan Krira O Sangskritik Angan jointly organised the human chain programme on the playground, Laal Maath. Noted folk singer Kuddus Bayati rendered a good many songs highlighting the importance of sound environment

Local people including students of different school and colleges joined hands with the green activists and vowed to save the playground from the land grabbers. Lawmaker Elias Uddin Molla, SEM chairman Abu Naser Khan, Barnak Samaj Kalyan president Mahmud Hasan Khan, general secretary Jafrul Hassan, footballer Imtiaz Sultan Jony and actor Manzur Hossain attended the programme.

They called on the authorities concerned to take immediate measures for stopping the work of constructing a vegetables market on the playground. The Barnak Samaj Kalyan president and general secretary threatened to launch tougher movement if the work is not stopped immediately.

Extending his support to the demand, Elias Molla said, ‘We will resist the move to construct the market on Laal Maath. ’ He also assured that all necessary steps would be taken to remove all the structures erected on the playground by next month.

Abu Naser Khan said a vested quarter earlier had tried to occupy the playground. But the local people with the help of green activities foiled the move.

Syed Saiful Alam
Save the Environment Movement

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