Various socio-cultural and civil organisations have protested the initiative taken by Mymensingh divisional administration for "beautification and development" of century-old Mymensingh Circuit House ground.
They said the development project of Tk 6 crore includes erecting wall surrounding the ground and establishments inside it.
As part of the protest, a human chain, maintaining social distance, was formed under the banner of "Aamra Mymensinghbasi" on the spot Friday afternoon.
The speakers said the ground has a long history of political meeting, games and cultural events. If the site is enclosed in the name of development, it will lose its beauty and people's free movements, they said.
Hundreds of people throng the ground and its adjacent areas for morning walk every day and many of them enjoy playing football and cricket, said the speakers. Foundation stone of the development work was laid on June 1 without any meeting with locals, they said.
Terming the initiative unwise, they also said the ground situated on the bank of the river Brahmaputra will lose tourist attraction if the project is implemented.
Dr Prodip Chandra Kar, president of Udichi Mymensingh district unit and Progoti Lekhak Sangha, presided over the programme.
Cultural personality Shahadat Hossain Khan Hilu, Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) Mymensingh president Advocate Emdadul Haque Millat, poet Farid Ahmed Dulal, Poribesh Rakhha o Unnayan Andolon secretary Advocate Shibbir Ahmed Liton, Mymensingh Sahitya Sangsad former president Yazdani Quraishy Kajal, Jano-Udhyog president Advocate Nazrul Islam Chunnu, Zila Mohila Parishad secretary Fahmida Yesmin Runa, Shiri Sangskritik Academy president Advocate Abdul Motalab Lal and social worker Ali Yusuf addressed the event, among others.
Contacted, Mymensingh Divisional Commissioner Md Kamrul Hasan, who took over charge several days ago, said the project is yet to be finalised. The sentiment of the local people will be considered, he said.