“No” to golf course! | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, November 14, 2007 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, November 14, 2007

“No” to golf course!

It was reported in the electronic news media on November 5 (Prothom Alo) that 25 out of 64 acres of the Suhrawardy Uddyan would be allocated to Dhaka Club to build a golf course. I am outraged by this decision.
This park bears testimony to the major historic events for Bangladesh.
This park is probably one of the most sacred places in entire Bangladesh. This is the place where the declaration of independence (March 7, 1971 address by Bangabandhu) was made, and the surrender by the Pakistani Army took place on December 16, 1971.
The entire park should be set aside as a historic monument or memorial for general public of the country, international tourists, and future generations to cherish. A golf course will restrict its use to a select class and group of people - not to mention that this will tarnish the significance of this historic park. Besides, I don't know any place on Earth where a golf course is built in the heart of a city where thousands of people and children walk, travel, and play every day. I am also concerned about the impact it will have on the environment in terms of additional use of water, fertiliser, and pesticide. All golf courses require huge amount of fertilisers and pesticides, which are threat to both surface water and groundwater in an area. Dhaka's water supply does not need additional amount of pollution; it is unbearable as it is.
We certainly hope that the government will reverse this decision and put forward efforts to restore the glory of our national treasure - the Suhrawardy Uddyan.

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