CHATTOGRAM: Forum for Planned Chittagong (FPC), a citizens’ platform, urged the Chattogram Development Authority (CDA) not to lease out part of the Patenga Sea Beach to private sector.
At a press conference at Chattogram Press Club on Saturday, the speakers also warned that the platform would take legal steps unless the CDA stayed back.
He said they learned that CDA wanted to lease out 1.5-kilometre area of the Patenga Beach commercially for 25 years through tender, dividing it into tourism zone-1 and tourism zone-2.
"But the CDA's Urban Development Master Plan and Detailed Area Plan (DAP) ask for conservation of Patenga Beach as a public open space," said Subhash Barua.
“It is possible to conduct commercial activities keeping a public space open for tourists. After developing facilities such as sea cruise, cafe, restaurant, shops and sports for tourists, CDA can give management of these facilities to private sector, but the control will be at the hand of CDA,” said the engineer.
He said, "We have directly written to the CDA a week ago and also informed ministry concerned of the matter. We will take the next step after getting the response. We will go to the court, if necessary."
FPC Chairman and East Delta University Vice-Chancellor Professor Muhammad Sikandar Khan said there will have special arrangements around one and a-half kilometer areas of the beach.
FPC Vice President Ahmed Jinnur Chowdhury, Engineer ABMA Baset and Joint General Secretary Taslima Muna, among others, were also present on the occasion.