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Century-old pond being filled up ignoring protest by locals

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013



Photo: STAR

A Correspondent, Pirojpur



Pirojpur district administration is filling up a hundred-year-old pond on the government high school premises in the town despite strong protest by the students and locals.

District administration sources said they are filling up the pond on the eastern side of the school to expand the playground where Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to address a public meeting during her visit here next month.

Locals and students of the school formed a human chain beside the pond on February 19 protesting earth filling. They urged the district administration not to fill up the pond as it serves them in times of urgent need.

The protesters said many locals use water of the pond for bathing and drinking and the district fire service unit collects water from it regularly. Besides, the pond was the only source of drinking water in the area after Cyclone Sidr in 2007.

Townspeople said the pond does not need to be filled up only for a day's programme. In the past, both the incumbent and former prime ministers addressed public rallies at the school ground, but the district administration did not take any such move to expand the playground, they added.

Headmaster Shompa Rani said the district administration has started filling up the pond without taking prior permission from the Ministry of Education.

Contacted, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Anal Chandra Das, also the president of the school managing committee, said the pond is being filled up to meet an emergency need. Another pond beside the students' hostel will be re-excavated as soon as possible to fulfill the demand of the locals and the students, the DC added.



Source: thedailystar






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