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Wednesday, 30 January 2008


Staff Correspondent

Residents of Ulon in Dhaka on Monday urged the authorities concerned to construct the proposed Panthapath-Rampura road on the government land at the northern side of Hatirjheel instead of its southern side.

‘We will be greatly affected if the government goes ahead with its plan to acquire our land to construct the road at the southern side of Hatirjheel,’ a group of Ulan residents told a news conference.

A total of 261 dwelling houses and other establishments will be demolished if the road is built at the proposed site, Ulon Kallyan Samity president advocate MA Kadir said.

He mentioned that the government officials concerned from January 8 to January 10 earmarked the area to demolish their houses for construction of the road. Narrating his grievances, Nurul Huda, another resident of the area, said they had bought their houses 20 to 30 years back with the money they mostly earned by working abroad. Rajiya Shahid, a female resident, said she would fall into a great trouble if her house is demolished.

‘I don’t know what will happen to me. It is my only property. Besides, my three sons are ill.’ ‘We will protect our land and houses even by giving our blood if government constructs the road on our land,’ she said. Shirajul Islam, another resident, claimed that houses of several influential persons in the area have been kept outside the demolition drive.

‘They have link to government officials and so their houses were not earmarked for demolition,’ he alleged. In this regard, he mentioned that a five-storey building has been saved during earmarking the area.

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council approved the Tk 1473.58 crore development project for Begunbari Canal on October 8 to ease the water logging and traffic congestion in the capital.

The LGRD adviser, Anwarul Iqbal, at an inter-ministerial meeting on April 5, 2007 said the government had decided to cancel the elevated roadway project and that all the allotments of plots on Begunbari Canal and Hatirjheel will also be cancelled.

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