Neglected Bangabandhu Square | 2019-05-17 |

Neglected Bangabandhu Square

Staff Correspondent

17 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer




Waste materials are being dumped inside the boundary of Bangabandhu Square in the capital’s Gulistan area while children are seen on the structure. The photo was taken on Thursday. — Kamrul Islam Ratan

Bangabandhu Square at Gulistan crossing in the capital is a sad example of neglect especially as it is named after the Father of the Nation.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina unveiled the square on March 4 in 2000 in memory of country’s architect Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

While visiting the monument, the daily sun correspondent found that some parts of the structure are either damaged or missing.

Eye-catching fountains were set around a monument in the center of the square. But the fountains lie idle. Due to a lack of maintenance,  garbage has piled up in the square while stray dogs are also seen taking ret in the premises.

Homeless people and drug addicts have made it a safe haven.

Hawkers and businesses around the monument said the authorities concerned did not maintain it on a regular basis.

Dhaka South City Corporation authorities have not taken any initiative to maintain the beauty of the square, they alleged.

Khairul Islam, a roadside vendor near the monument, said that he had not seen anybody to take care of Bangabandhu Square Monument. “Just see, piles of garbage are being dumped on the premises,” said the vendor.