The government yesterday informed the High Court that it has reopened the Ramna Park in Dhaka, clearing the way for the people to walk and exercise in the park after more than six months.
The park will remain open from 6:00am to 10:00am and from 4:00pm to 5:00pm every day, Deputy Attorney General Noor-Us Sadik told the HC during hearing a writ petition filed seeking its order for reopening Ramna Park.
After the hearing, the HC bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam dropped the writ petition from its hearing list, DAG Noor told The Daily Star yesterday.
On September 8, Supreme Court lawyer Eunus Ali Akond filed the writ petition with the HC seeking its directive on the secretary to the ministry of housing and public works to reopen the Ramna Park in Dhaka in 24 hours so that people can walk and move in the park.
During the hearing on September 17, the HC wanted to know why the authorities concerned are not reopening the park in Dhaka.
DAG Noor-Us Sadik on September 24 informed the HC that the government has closed the park for the safety and security of the people during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The authorities will reopen the park if the HC orders doing so, he said.
The HC bench on Thursday fixed yesterday to pass the order on the petition.
Citing the writ, Eunus Ali Akond earlier told The Daily Star that the Ramna Park has been launched since the Mughal regime of Emperor Jahangir for peoples' movement.
The government has closed the park in March this year in order to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Locals have not had the change to take walks or exercise and run in park as it is still closed, even though all offices and streets have already been reopened, he said.