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Breathing space for children

DNCC to ensure car-free road in every ward once a month

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 11 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Breathing space for children

Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam on Sunday said they will shut a road in every ward under the city corporation to cars once a month to give children space to breathe and play.

“We’ll keep a road in every ward car-free once in a month so that children can get space for play. Our social welfare department will ensure a car-free road while non-governmental organisations will arrange playing instruments for them,” he said.

The DNCC mayor was addressing a programme at Justice Shahabuddin Park at Gulshan-2 in the capital, marking Child Rights Week-2021. He also said access to playgrounds and parks is the right of children and they are working to ensure the facilities to them.

“DNCC has taken a project to develop 23 parks and playgrounds. We’ve opened some parks on completion of the work while eight parks will be opened for city dwellers very soon. The development work of the parks is nearing completion,” Atiqul said.

“We’ve kept a corner for children in 14 of the parks. We purchased some special game equipment which will be installed very soon. Children from every section of society will get chance to play. Besides, there’re CCTV cameras in every park to ensure security of the visitors,” he added.

The DNCC mayor also said they were developing five playing zones for children at Mirpur.

Speaking about the violation of children’s rights, he said child marriage is the key reason behind this.

Atiqul said, “Our ward councillors will visit every lane and sub-lane of the city corporation area to make people aware of the bad impact of child marriage. The social welfare department will take a special programme targeting slum and densely populated areas to make awareness among people.”

He also said they will prepare a database on child marriage to understand why it is rising and to find the way out. “When a child is married off, she becomes deprived of her rights. When a child has to bring up another child, it’s a burdensome job for her,” he added.