Govt to try not to cut any more Suhrawardy trees: Mozammel
DHAKA, June 24, 2021 (BSS)- Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque today said the government would try to implement the ongoing Swadhinata Stambha Construction (third phase) Project on the historic Suhrawardy Udyan without cutting anymore trees there.
He was addressing as the chief guest at a workshop, at the Public Works auditorium here, on apprising of the activities and greenery programme under the ongoing project on Suhrawardy Udyan, said a press release.
Botanists, environmentalists, architects, engineers and civil society representatives joined the seminar.
Liberation War Affairs Secretary Khaja Miah chaired the seminar while Public Works Department Chief Engineer Mohammad Shamim Akhter, Jatio Muktijoddha Council Director General Md Zahurul Islam Rhohel, Architecture Department Additional Chief Architect Asif Ahmed Bhuiyan, Dhaka University Botany Department teachers Prof Mohammad Jasimuddin, Prof Mohammad Almujaddadi Alfasani and Prof Mohammad Ajmal Hossain Bhuiyan, Soil, Water and Environment Science Department Prof Md Harunur Rashid Khan, Jagannath University Botany Department Prof Kazi Shakhawat Hossain, Geography and Environment Department Prof Mohammad Abdul Kader, Ekattor Television Chief Executive and Chief Editor and Editors Guild President Mozammel Babu, senior journalist Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul and Dipto Television Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Fuad Chowdhury, among others, expressed their opnion in the seminar.
In light with the recommendations at the seminar, the minister said Shikha Chirantan, Swadhinata Stambha and underground Liberation War Museum have already been constructed under the project of Liberation War Ministry to uphold the true history of the great Liberation War and the history of different democratic movements on the path to achieve independence of Bangladesh before the future generation and world community.
He said the mega plan titled Swadhinata Stambha Construction (third phase) is being implemented to conserve the true history of Liberation War, build the Udyan as an international standard, modern city friendly beautiful one having green shape which can attract local and foreign tourists.
Works are underway to construct sculpture of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the place where he delivered his landmark March 7 speech, sculptures at the place where Pakistani occupation forces surrendered to liberation forces, sculptures signifying the history of struggles against Pakistani oppressors for 23 years and nine-month Liberation War, Indira Manch, water body and fountain, underground parking spot having capacity of 500 car parking, seven food kiosk having separate toilet facilities for women, children and disabled and children’s park there, the seminar was informed.
Physical progress of underground car parking spot now stood at 80 percent, water fountain 80pc, food kiosk and toilet 75 percent, walkway 25 pc and mosque 80 pc.
Mozammel Haque said a special authority will be created for the maintenance of the project.
“We have a target that as many as 10,000 people will come here to visit the project. Of them, 2000 visitors will be students who will be brought from different parts of the country by the Liberation War Affairs Ministry,” he said, adding that the project is being implemented to accomodate a huge number of people.
He said upon the completion, the project will facilitate the visitors with standard and safe environment, toilet facilities and refreshment side by side with offering them the opportunity to know the history of the Liberation War.