Environmental activists yesterday put placards with the names of freedom fighters, including seven Bir Shreshthas, on trees to save those at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital.
Three environmental organisations -- Green Voice, Green Savers and Nongor Bangladesh -- jointly started the activities to save the trees at Suhrawardy Udyan, reports our Dhaka University correspondent.
The move came as some trees were felled by the public works department at the Suhrawardy Udyan as part of the implementation of a mega project at the historic site.
Talking to our Dhaka University correspondent, Nongor Bangladesh President Sumon Shams said they put placards with names of 50 freedom fighters, including seven Bir Shreshthas, on trees.
Each tree has been named after one of the heroic freedom fighters, he said.
"We will place placards in the same way on all the trees at the Suhrawardy Udyan in different phases so that authorities cannot cut down the trees," said Sumon Shams, adding that they will put more placards containing names of freedom fighters today.
"We don't want any infrastructure at the Udyan through cutting of trees. As part of our efforts to save the trees, we have named each tree after one of the country's heroic children," said Ahsan Rony, founder of Green Savers.
"This is way we will guard the trees every day. We will fight hard to save the trees," he added.
On Wednesday, the Liberation War Affairs ministry in a statement claimed that there was a misunderstanding among people due to different media reports that published partial news regarding the project implementation.
It, however, admitted that some trees were felled at the Suhrawardy Udyan as part of the implementation. But at the same time, around 1,000 new trees will be planted there, said the ministry, adding that it expects support from citizens in this regard.
The project titled "Shawdhinata Stambha Construction Project in Dhaka" began its third phase, worth Tk 265.44 crore, in January 2018.