A haven of peace in old part of city

Rashidul Hasan

24 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Shaheed Buddhijibi Abdul Khaleq Sarder Park, locally known as Sikkatuli Park, is now buzzing since its inauguration, as children throng the green space to behold the breathtaking beauty of nature.

They are now over the moon, as they can enjoy a lot sliding down, swinging and see-sawing in the park located in Nazirabazar in old part of the city.

With no single playground available nearby, the park has virtually turned a heaven for kids residing in the neighbourhood.

DSCC Zone-4 Engineering Section, DSCC developed the park on 25 ‘kathas’ of land, which was opened by Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sayeed Khokon on Thursday.

On Saturday afternoon, Mina, 11, Mitu, 12, and Bithi, 9, who live in Nazirabazar area came to play at the park.

Mina said, “I came here finishing my classes along with two of my friends. We have enjoyed all the rides of the park. They are very interesting.”

Locals said that there is no such open space in their area. It has come as a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of city life, they said.

Apart from children, their guardians as well as people from different social strata visit the park and spend time enjoying the grandeur of nature.

Mohammad Ali, an elderly resident of Nimtali area, came to the park to spend time amid the greenery.

He said, “I often visited the park before the development work. And I also come here now and have a nice time in the open space.”

Like him, a number of people come to take rest in the lap of Mother Nature.

DSCC assistant engineer Habib Ullah said, “For the visitors, we have also constructed toilet and coffee shop which will be opened soon.

“We have set up high bench, low bench, and water fountain. The park is also adorned with lights so that it can be used at night. Besides, there is a walkway for elderly people and proper drainage system.”

DSCC additional engineer Md Asaduzzaman said DSCC will soon form a committee comprising distinguished personalities of the localities and local ward councillors.