Monday, 8 August, 2022
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‘Dighi’ turns into tourist spot in Sylhet city

SYLHET: Once Sylhet city was called for ‘Dighishohor’ (pond), but now this scenario was changing. Day by day people were occupied these Dighi and built the different establishment for their own purpose.

Meanwhile, in recently the people of Sylhet city have the opportunity to get the some respite amid the endless concrete life, as the city authority developed the many eye-catching walkways beside the canal and made the green park after recovering the ancient Dighi (pond), which was grabbing in many years ago.

These walkways and Dighi get new charm as the city people buzzing in the afternoon to night hours for unwind. Earlier, city resident never went there as these places was the safe dens and dustbin for the hideous people.

People from different walks of life come to these newly developing area and enjoy their life after spending few hours with their dear ones without any hassle.

They thanks the city authorities for built the such eye-catching places, where they can some relief amid the busy life.

According to the city corporation, the serene sanctuaries Dhupadighir pond was developed in area of 3.75 acre with the cost of 13 core taka by the aid of Indian government under the ‘Dhupadighi area for better environment and beautification’ project 2019-2021.

LGRD Minister Md Tajul Islam, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Kumar Doraiswami was inaugurated this park on 12 June.

After the inauguration Sylhet City Corporation Mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury said, my only dream from long times to built such places for the city residents to spent their leisure times. Now my dream came true after open this park, the mayor added.

The park was made include a pond, two stair, walkways, green gallery, benches and lamp posts.

Earlier, city authorities recovered the different city canals and built the modern walkways. These walkways was built under the ‘RCC retaining’ project with the cost of 52 crore taka on 2017- 2020 tenure, said Nur Aziz, chief engineer of Sylhet City Corporation.

These modern walkways was built over the Goldhichora canal in Upashahar area, Gualichora canal at Baluchar area, Kalibari Chora and Manlichora canal, the city sources informed to the Daily Sun.

These park and walkways was designed keeping in mind the needs of all including the children, teenagers, youth and old ages. Especially in night hours these places getting new charm with lighting. Where the security measures also prevailing in these area to protect any untoward situation, said Ali Mahmud, officer-in-charge (OC) of Kotwali police station.   

Kamal Ahmed, a businessman in city Bandar Bazar area told the Daily Sun, after open the Dhupadighir park many people come to see the beauty of this pond. Before the developed of this ancient pond, I never went their, while the Kamal told this reporter.

Like Kamal, many city residents express same opinion. They have idea about the existing of this pond.

When asked about these city’s green galleries to Nazimul Islam, a resident of the city’s Upashahar area said, after finishing my day task, in the evening hour we went out these city serene area for some respite with my family members. He expresses his gratitude to the concern authorities for built such places in the unused area.

Beside, the Dhupadighir pond city people also visited the different city walkways with their friend or family members. These newly built walkways were built with the modern technology including the illuminating, retaining net for the shake of people safety.