Sunday, September 6, 2009

save city parks and playgrounds.

Save the Environment Movement (SEM) and WBB Trust form a human chain in front of Faculty of Fine Art on Dhaka University campus yesterday with a call to save city parks and playgrounds.Staff Correspondent
Environmentalists at a human chain yesterday demanded the parks in the city be saved.
They also demanded more open spaces and playgrounds to ensure sound physical and mental development of the children.

Save the Environment Movement (SEM) and WBB Trust formed the human chain in front of Faculty of Fine Art on Dhaka University campus.
Chairman of SEM Abu Naser Khan said physical exercise and outdoor games are very important for sound mental growth of a man.

The children are being deprived of the opportunity to play outdoor games due to lack of playgrounds and parks, he said.

Project Manager of WBB Trust Syed Mahbubul Alam said people are suffering from different kinds of diseases like diabetes, obesity and cardiac problem due to lack of outdoor games and physical exercise.

The children are the worst sufferers of the process and to address the problem it is necessary to ensure that they get outdoor games facilities since their childhood, he said.

Secretary General of Citizens' Rights Movement Tushar Rehman said amusement facilities should get special attention in urban planning.
Singer Abdul Kuddus Boyati, President of Nirapad Foundation Ibnul Sayed Rana and President of Khilgaon Samajik Unnayan Sangstha Hafizur Rahman Mayna also spoke.

Call to protect parks, open spaces in city
Green activists on Thursday urged the government to take immediate measures for protecting the existing open spaces, parks and playgrounds in the city. They also called on the authorities concerned to set up more parks and playgrounds for city dwellers, including children. They demanded cancellation of leasing system of playgrounds and open spaces, ensuring people’s representation in park management and strict enforcement of water body conservation act 2000.
Environmental activists made the demands at a human chain programme organised by Save the Environment Movement and Work for Better Bangladesh Trust in front of the fine arts faculty at Dhaka University. SEM chairman Abu Naser Khan, WBB Trust project manager Syed Mahbubul Alam, Citizen’s Rights Movement secretary general Tusher Rehman, folk singer Quddus Boyati, Nirapad Development Foundation president Ibnul Sayed Rana and Khilgaon Samajik Unnayan Sangstha president Hafizur Rahman, among others, took part in the programme. ‘There is no alternative but to keep open spaces and playgrounds for sound mental health of children. But the children are being deprived of such facilities,’
Naser Khan said. ‘Both mental and physical growth of the children are being hampered due to the absence of sufficient open spaces and playgrounds,’ he said, calling upon the government to take immediate steps for saving the existing open spaces, parks and playgrounds. Syed
Mahbubul Alam said, ‘City people are exposed to many diseases like diabetes as they don’t get sufficient open spaces for doing physical exercise.’ They also blasted Rajuk for its failure to compel the house owners to keep a portion as open space. Children also lodged their protest against unplanned urbanisation leaving no space for them to play. They queued up inside a makeshift cage.
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Anonymous said...

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