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Zia’s grave cannot exist beside JS Bhaban: Tazul

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  • 25 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Zia’s grave cannot exist beside JS Bhaban: Tazul
LGRD Minister Tazul Islam speaks at a seminar titled ‘waterlogging in Dhaka: Problems and Preventions’ at the council hall of IEB in the capital on Friday. SUN PHOTO

Local Government and Rural Development and Cooperatives (LGRD) Minister Tazul Islam on Friday said the grave of Ziaur Rahman cannot remain at Chandrima Udyan beside the parliament building. 

“A killer of Bangabandhu cannot exist next to the parliament building. The design of the parliament building had been changed to find a place for the grave of Ziaur Rahman,” he said.

The minister made the remarks while addressing a programme on waterlogging problem in Dhaka at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB).

Tazul also said, “There is a doubt about existence of Zia’s body in the grave, so there will be no grave next to the parliament building. There is no doubt that Ziaur Rahman was one of the conspirators in assassinating Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He also broke the unity of the country as well as his party,”

Speaking about the government’s plan on the canals to solve waterlogging problem, he said they will drive away illegal grabbers from the canals and later make walkway on the both sides of the canals.

“We are working with the ministry of housing and public works so that we can hand over the canals under the ministry to the city corporations for maintenance with the aim of resolving waterlogging problems,” he added.

Addressing the event, Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam announced that they will rebate the money paid as holding tax to the owners of the buildings that will have rain water harvesting system.

“We have a plan to develop the rain water retention area of Kalyanpur as an eco-park because we need more water bodies like Hatirjheel to solve the waterlogging problem,” he said.

“But it is unfortunate that of the 173 acres of water bodies, 170 acres are now occupied by land grabbers. It is now a three acre water body. We will also take step to oust the land grabbers very soon,” he also said.

Talking about different steps to solve the waterlogging problem in Dhaka, Atiqul said, “We will continue the canal recovery and cleanliness programme with the people. We will demarcate the boundary on the both sides of the canals and take measure to preserve those.”

Warning the land grabbers, DNCC Mayor said they will evict them without any formal notice.