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Pond grabbing on defying all protests, allegations

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Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013

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Our Correspondent, Mymensingh



This decades-old pond on the compound of Bidyaganj Rajbala Bahumukhi High School in Mymensingh Sadar upazila is getting squeezed as the school authorities have continued filling it up for extension of a market constructed there two years ago. PHOTO: STAR


The authorities of Bidyaganj Rani Rajbala Bahumukhi High School in Mymensingh Sadar upazila have continued extension of a market constructed on a decades-old pond on the school compound.

The callous act is going on although the matter was reported in a few national dailies and allegations were filed with the Sadar upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) and the Department of Environment (DoE), said Abdul Mazed, a former member of local union parishad.

“The construction of 18 shops here is at the final stage and those have already been leased out at Tk two lakh each,” said Md Manjurul Haque, headmaster of the school. Earlier in 2010 and 2011, the school managing committee constructed 24 shops after taking Tk 1 lakh 30 thousand as advance money against each shop.

The headmaster repeatedly claimed that the school authority is constructing the market to bear maintenance cost of the school and save the pond from erosion as well.

Local people, on the other hand, alleged that the school pond is being filled up to financially benefit a section of people rather than the institution. The pond requires protection also because it serves as the only water source for nearby Bidyaganj Bazar, they said.

Md Abdul Azim, assistant director of the DoE, said they served a notice to the headmaster regarding filling up a portion of the school pond and but no reply was made yet.

Asked about the notice served by DoE, the headmaster said, “We will reply to it soon.” Mymensingh Sadar UNO Kamaruzzaman Miah said he assigned Rafiqul Islam Bhuiyan, Sadar upazila secondary education officer, to report regarding the matter couple of days ago but no report was submitted as of yesterday.

In 1946, Jibendra Kishore Acharya Chowdhury, a zamindar of Muktagachha, established Bidyaganj Rani Rajbala Bahumukhi High School on 3.78 acres of land that included a large pond. Now 839 boys and girls belonging to classes VI to X read in the school.


Source: thedailystar




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