Around 3:00pm, South Central Road of Khulna city remains almost empty due to the scorching heat. However, an opposite scenario can be noticed on the footpath in front of Government Pioneer Women’s College. With a canopy overhead, vendors have set up iftar stalls. Of these stalls, “Nana Special Halim” continues to gather a large crowd.
A microphone used in Bangabandhu’s March 7 speech, indigenous weapons used in the resistance war, clothes and telephone sets used by freedom fighters, transmitters used in refugee camps, letter from then Prime Minister Tajuddin Ahmed to his wife on the white part of an empty cigarette box, which says, “Johra, if you can, join the seven and a half crore Bangalees.”
As many as 108 illegal housing projects have allegedly emerged in Khulna and adjacent areas -- on arable land, water bodies and tidal floodplain -- without any approval from Khulna Development Authority (KDA) and Department of Environment (DoE).
In May last year, 40-year-old Sunita Das, from Gatirgheri village of Khulna’s Koyra, lost her home to cyclone Yaas. More than 50 villages in Koyra were submerged, and around 45 metres of the flood control dam of Shakbaria river in Gatirgheri were washed away at the time.