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Mayor Annisulís laudable plan to green his part

Mayor Annisulís laudable 
plan to green his part

We welcome the initiative by the Mayor of the Dhaka North City Corporation Annisul Huq to turn Dhaka into a green city within the next three years. It is also good to know that Bishaw Sahitya Kendra Chairman, Abdullah Abu Sayeed, has been given the responsibility to head the committee formed in this regard. The corporation will plant as many as 325,000 saplings in the city and also plans to introduce rooftop gardening in a big way. These are praiseworthy initiatives considering the fact that Dhaka fares poorly in this regard compared to cities in the region and the rest of the world. Trees help to enhance the beauty and environmental quality of any urban area. Trees are considered as ‘oxygen’ for any big city. Unfortunately, once known for its lush parks and gardens, Dhaka has now been transformed into a haphazard concrete jungle. Even two decades back, there were numerous arks in Dhaka. And there are also many trees on the roadside and houses. No park has been created after Suhra­wardy Udyan and Ramna Park though Dhaka is increasing in area, each day. But in urban areas, beautifully laid out residences and residential areas enhance the value of the property.
Due to increasing urbanisa­tion, more and more trees are being cut away to provide space for expanding population needs. Increasing population has led to increased consumer demand; demand for furniture is one. Wood consumption for industries is another reason. In any case, these trees are not being replaced with more trees being planted. Trees are an integral part of the environment, a part sorely missing in Dhaka. Trees have a cooling effect as they transpire water from the ground, through the roots and out from their leaves. In addition, trees provide shade. For those who experience heat of Dhaka on its streets and have compared the temperature in shade and in open air know the difference.
Initiatives should be taken to plant trees in various educational institutes with the help of students and teachers. Trees prevent soil erosion and various types of medicines are prepared from leaves, roots and bark of trees. Fewer trees also lessen the ratio of rainfalls, which could result in drought in the coming days.
The concerned departments should provide guidance and impart knowledge of planting and caring for the trees. In order to preserve our environment and recover our forest coverage, planting trees should receive due emphasis, and more and more trees need to be planted. The idea of planting 325,000 trees needs to be translated into reality and it should not just remain as a wishful thinking.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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