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Hospital in CRB Area

Save ‘lung of port city’

Civil society asks authorities

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 11 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Save ‘lung of port city’

CHATTOGRAM: Civil society members have urged the authorities concerned to refrain from constructing hospital in CRB area destroying the greenery of the ‘lung of the port city’.

No development work can be carried out defying the demand of people, views of the new generation and destroying natural beauty.

Civil society platform ‘Nagorik Somaj Chattogram’ made the call at a press conference held at Bangabandhu Hall of Chattogram Press Club in Jamal Khan area.

The organisation Secretary General Advocate Ibrahim Hossain Chowdhury read out a statement at the press conference.

Babul in the statement said CRB is witness of many historical events like anti-British movement while graveyards of freedom fighters are also there.

Besides, there are 197 species of tree including 300-year-old ones in the area where the hospital is going to be built.

The secretary general also said that the CRB is a protected area according to the detailed area plan formed by Chattogram Development Authority (CDA) in 2008.

Development of private hospital or any other commercial establishment in the CRB area will be considered as unconstitutional work, he observed.

 “We hope that the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will take necessary steps to stop the initiative for developing hospital in the CRB and shift the project site to any other places of the Bangladesh Railway,” he said.

CRB is not only a protected area but also a heritage according to the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage Convention, 1972, said Babul.

Development of hospital in the CRB Area will also breach many national and international laws, rules and conventions, he added.

Nagorik Somaj Chattogram Chairman Professor Dr Anupam Sen, Co-Chairman Dr Mahfujur Rahman, Awami League (AL) Chattogram south district unit General Secretary Mafizur Rahman, cultural personalities Ahmed Iqbal Haider, Rashed Hasan, Freedom Fighter Md Yunus, Dr Idris Ali, Advocate Iftekhar Saimul Chowdhury, Chattogram Press Club General Secretary Chowdhury Farid, Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) Joint Secretary Mohsin Kazi, Sharif Chouhan and Swpna Majumder were present at the press conference among others.