1.2 lakh saplings planted at proposed Bangabandhu Botanical Garden in Khulna

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KHULNA, Nov 1, 2020 (BSS) – The tree plantation programme at the proposed Bangabandhu Botanical Garden on the bank of Kajibacha River here ended today with planting of 120,000 saplings on the occasion of the ‘Mujib Borsho’.

Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud joined the concluding ceremony of the tree plantation programme virtually as the chief guest with Khulna Deputy Commissioner (DC) Mohammad Helal Hossain in the chair.

The tree plantation progtramme was started on June 20 under the Green Belt Phase-2 project marking the ‘Mujib Borsho’, the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Khulna district administration has taken the initiative of planting a total of 1920,000 saplings under the project.

Addressing the function, the information minister said climate change, nowadays, is causing heavy snowfall in Siberia, spreading wildfires across Australia, which is adversely affecting the environment.

By setting up Bangabandhu Botanical Garden, it would be possible to tackle such kind of environmental hazards, Hasan added.

He further said that planting trees along the road sides is one of the targets of the government for social development. It has gained popularity as the locals have given their share of ownership of the tree and they are coming forward to plant trees, the information minister added.

Local lawmaker and Whip Panchanan Biswas, Khulna District Council Chairman Sheikh Harunur Rashid, Additional Superintendent of Police (south) GM Abul Kalam Azad and Botiaghata Upazila Parishad Chairman Md Ashraful Alam Khan were present at the function in person on the bank of Kajibacha River at Baliadanga union here.

Divisional Commissioner Dr Md Anwar Hossain Hawlader joined the function virtually while Botiaghata Upazila Nirbahi Officer Md Nazrul Islam delivered welcome speech in the function.

The Khulna district administration has taken an initiative of setting up the Bangabandhu Botanical Garden on 255 acres of khas land on the bank of Kajibacha River at Baliadanga union of Botiaghata Upazila in the district.