Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (Bapa) yesterday urged the authorities to prevent the construction work of a tennis and a basketball court in addition to demolishing the illegal structures inside the capital's Dhanmondi-8 playground.
The environmental group made the call in a press statement following an eviction drive by Dhaka City Corporation South (DCCS) on Sunday when two structures of Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Ltd were demolished.
Following a 2004 writ petition by Bapa, the High Court in its judgment in 2011 specified three establishments as illegal, said the release signed by Bapa general secretary Abdul Matin.
"Since this playground is identified as an open field in Rajuk's design and the HC too announced the ground as a park in its judgment, so there should not be any structure inside it harming the characteristics of the playground," said the release. The club is building the courts with the government fund. The club president, Manjur Kader, refused to talk to this correspondent when called for his comment. "I am not interested in talking to you," he said.
Following protests by green activists the field was opened by DCCS officials on April 24, after more than one year of its illegal occupation by the club.