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Tuesday, 15 January 2008

GOLF COURSE

Staff Correspondent

Leading human rights and environmental organisations on Sunday served a legal notice on the government asking it to cancel allocation of 25 acres of Suhrawardy Udyan land to Dhaka Club for developing a golf course.

The notice was issued on the Dhaka mayor, public works secretary, environment secretary, chairman of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha, director general of the Department of Environment, chief engineer of the Public Works Department and the president of Dhaka Club Limited.

The Suhrawardy Udyan is recognised in the master plan of the Dhaka city as the 'precious legacies' considering its importance from the historical, cultural and scenic beauty aspects, the notice stated.

Allocation of a large part of the park to Dhaka Club for playing golf would restrict the people at large to use it as an open space, the notice said.

Moreover, the notice said, 'Necessary infrastructure and water availability needed for the golf course cannot be ensured without compromising the public interests concerning the Udyan.'

Referring to the existing laws and regulations and the institutional responsibilities of the authorities concerned for the maintenance of the open spaces of the country, the notice demanded that the park should be preserved as an open space.

Supreme Court lawyer Syeda Rizwana Hasan issued the notice on behalf of the Association for Land Reform and Development, Ain O Shalish Kendra, Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers' Association, Nagarik Udyog and Nijera Kori.

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