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Padma riverbank turns into recreational spot

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  • 2 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Padma riverbank turns into recreational spot

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RAJSHAHI: Padma riverbank near Hazrat Shah Makhdum ® Dargah mosque area of Rajshahi metropolis has turned into an attractive tourist and recreational spot as the City Corporation (RCC) is implementing a beautification project to turn it into an amazing place.

Under the project, amusement spots, open stage, gallery, park, bridge, walkway and other infrastructures were constructed at a cost of around Tk 2.88 crore.

City Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton on Tuesday expressed his firm resolve to restore the scenic beauty of the river bank and enhance the cleanliness drive in the area to facilitate large numbers of people to enjoy there.

Construction works of two over-bridges with attractive decoration and colour were built at a cost of around Tk 98.15 lakh.

Mayor Liton said the new infrastructure and facilities are encouraging an increased number of people to pass their leisure time with families and friends enjoying the beauty of the Padma.

Borokuthi river bank and Lalon Shah River Resort were also decorated to attract more visitors and the cultural organizations to arrange various programs to draw visitors.

Some other renovation works are going on and those works are expected to be completed within the next couple of months.

“We have taken steps of removing the unauthorized structures and installations from the developed areas for smooth movement of the visitors,” Liton said.

He said RCC has also planned to reclaim around 12 square kilometres of char land of the Padma river for developing a satellite town along the city protection embankment.

As the river’s main flow turned towards its right bank, the satellite town might be built on the left bank.

The mayor said the part of the river near the left bank, where flood water remains for less than a month every year, would be turned into a huge lake.

The lake would be between the satellite town and the city protection embankment and there would be a bridge to the newly developed city, he added.

“Rajshahi would be beautiful if we can properly execute the plan,” the mayor said, adding that “the city’s accommodation problems will be eased as well.”