POST TIME: 14 April, 2017 00:00 00 AM
Musical fountain, amphitheatre at Hatirjheel

Musical fountain, amphitheatre at

The photo shows an amphitheater, inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Hatirjheel, a popular recreational spot in the capital Dhaka, yesterday. The premier dubbed the arena and a “musical dancing fountain," opened on the same premises, as Bangla Nababarsha gifts to the Dhakaites as well as the countrymen. Independent Photo

An eye-catching amphitheatre and a grand musical dancing fountain, set up at the city’s Hatirjheel lake to attract more visitors and tourists, have been opened as Pahela Baishakh gifts for the city dwellers, reports UNB. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated those under a Rajuk project titled ‘Integrated Development of Hatirjheel area including Begunbari Canal’ through a videoconference from her official residence Ganabhaban yesterday morning.
Special Works Organisation of Bangladesh Army implemented the project in collaboration with the Ministry of Housing and Public Works, Rajuk and Dhaka Wasa.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said the newly-constructed architectural establishments -- the Amphitheatre and the musical fountain -- are Pahela Baishakh gifts for the city dwellers and the country’s people. She urged the city dwellers and visitors not to dump wastes like water bottles, used papers and other materials into the water of the Hatirjheel lake. “Everyone should be much more responsible in maintaining the beauty of the site and its establishments.” Hasina also reiterated her call to people to stay careful so that no one can spread any confusion about Pahela Baishakh celebrations. “Religion has no relation and conflict with the celebration of the Bengali New Year.”
About Hatirjheel, she said, "The Amphitheater and the fountain have created a further scope for the busy city dwellers to enjoy a quality time in a very spectacular environment of the gorgeous spot.”
 The Prime Minister said her government does not want to confine the city dwellers to a city of bricks, stones and concrete.  “Rather, we want to ensure the overall development of the city through maintaining natural balance.” Describing Hatirjheel as one of the government's priority projects, Hasina said the fountain and the Amphitheatre have the capacity to accommodate 2,000 visitors.
Narrating attractive features of the Amphitheatre, Hasina said the Amphitheatre will look like a flower with petals for its elegant construction technique, circular structure and very beautiful colour design.
Besides, a 120-meter long colourful fountain has also been constructed there with time-controlled sound wave and musical track, turning it into a tri-dimensional structure. “Such a structure will create an environment of a floating stage on the water in the minds of the audience.” Hasina said the residents of Gulshan-Banani, Mohakhali, Rampura, Malibagh, Banasri, Merul-Badda, Moghbazar, Eskaton, Karwan Bazar and Tejgaon Industrial areas are getting special facilities for their movement  as the project has been implemented.
She hoped that the Hatirjheel project will also play a significant role in making Dhaka as a livable city and attract foreign tourists. “Hatirjheel area will turn into an eye-catching tourist spot.” The Prime Minister said the project area has been increased to 311.79 acres from the existing 244.74 acres while some 8.80 kilometer service road and some 8.80 kilometer expressway have been constructed under the project.