The city of Dhaka is gradually becoming a city of bricks and hoardings due to unplanned construction of multistoried buildings and erection of hoardings at various corners of the main city roads thereby blocking free flow of air within the city.
As a result, air pollution is becoming acute in the city day by day. Presently, renovation work is underway for widening the road before the Hotel Sheraton and in the process the huge odd looking hoardings earlier erected were also removed to the great relief of the city dwellers. But lately fresh structures of hoardings an again emerging at the site. Re-erection of those hoardings will come as a great shock to the city dwellers as those structures will again block free flow of air and natural view, apart from eroding the natural beauty of the city particularly at such an important site facing Hotel Sheraton where often foreign dignitaries reside and international conferences are held. Besides, these structures may cause security hazards as well.
Instead, saplings of "Krishnachura" tree can be planted at the site in a planned way and perhaps, with the assistance from Sheraton Hotel, the area can be developed into a green park, which will maintain environmental balance and enhance the beauty of the area. In other parts of the world such huge hoardings can be seen only beside the highways and not within the city limits.
I would, therefore, request the City Corporation not to allow erection of such hoardings within the city limits. Such a measure may reduce the Corporation's earning to some extent but everything should not be judged on the basis of commercial viewpoint only. Moreover, it is their duty also to keep the city pollution-free by removing environmental hazards and making the city more greener.
Mohammad Ataul Hoque
House 21, Road 126