SOS from Baldha Garden

14 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

It seems inherent in our nature as a nation to make overuse and improper use of anything and turn it unusable in the shortest possible time. The four rivers around the city are a case in point.  Thanks to the wonderful sense of military strategy and environmental consideration of the city planners some four hundred years ago, the region surrounded by rivers on all sides was a unique place for setting up of new military and administrative headquarters. These rivers served as the first line of defence against any invading force and as a communication and transportation network connecting the urban point with nearby areas.

However, only recently and with the development of too much commercial mindedness of a segment of the society, these valuable arteries have mindlessly been encroached upon and used for dumping wastes of all sorts. The result is before everyone’s eyes.

The Hatirjheel area with unique beautifying innovation is an example of how a putrid swamp can be turned into a must-visit neighbourhood. But how was it used? Again, it was littered with garbage. This beautiful lake took no time to lose its sheen and become of pool of dirty and foul smelling water.

And now it is the turn of the Baldha Garden, the pride possession of the old city, to practically become a forbidden place for nature lovers. The spacious garden, home to around 18,000 plant species collected from different corners of the world, had been a place of interests of all but people now prefer avoiding a visit to this spectacular amusement park because young people alleged for objectionable behaviour and conduct have taken over it. Moreover, many of the rare plant species have started wilting and dying allegedly for inadequate supply of water by the city’s water supply authorities. Is it an impossible job for the authorities to free the botanical garden from the control of the rowdy elements and ensure adequate supply of water?

It is good and necessary to create attractive things. But protecting them from the whims of disruptive forces and ensuring their proper maintenance are also essential elements of the scheme, which many in positions of command prefer fighting shy of their obligation.