Reconstruction in Ramna Park: Petition seeks HC order for inquiry into cost | The Daily Star
06:13 PM, September 26, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 06:18 PM, September 26, 2020

Reconstruction in Ramna Park: Petition seeks HC order for inquiry into cost

A petition has been filed with the High Court seeking its directive on the home secretary to make an inquiry about the state and possession of Ramna Park including its natural environment and the cost of its reconstruction during the Covid-19 pandemic and before the pandemic.

Supreme Court lawyer Md Eunus Ali Akond submitted the petition to the HC on September 24 as a supplementary to his September 8 writ petition that sought an order on the government to reopen Ramna Park in 24 hours.

In the supplementary petition, he said the authorities concerned are destroying the natural environment of Ramna Park by cutting its trees and grass and by changing its land, walkways in the name of so-called reconstruction -- causing a huge loss of money.

A total of Tk 47 crore has reportedly been allocated for the development and reconstruction of the lake of Ramna Park and some other features.

Therefore, an inquiry needs to be held into the position and possession of Ramna Park and its reconstruction cost, Eunus Ali said on the supplementary petition.

The HC bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam on September 24 fixed tomorrow for passing order on the two petitions.

On September 8, Advocate Eunus Ali Akond filed the writ petition with the HC seeking its directive on the secretary to the ministry of housing and public works to reopen the Ramna Park in Dhaka in 24 hours so that people can walk and move in the park.

During hearing the writ petition, the HC on September 17 wanted to know why the authorities concerned of the government are not reopening the park.

On September 24, Deputy Attorney General Noor-Us Sadik informed the HC that the government has closed the Ramna Park for the safety and security of people during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The authorities will reopen the park if the HC orders for doing so, he said.

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