Feb 14 to observe as Nat’l Sundarbans Day demanded

AK Hiru, Khulna

‘On Valentine’s Day, not only people, but love the Sundarbans’ with this theme Sundarbans Day was celebrated in Khulna on Friday. A demand of observing February 14 as the National Sundarbans Day was made at the time. The Forest Department, Sundarbans Academy, Rupantar theater group, and Khulna Press Club jointly organized the day.

A discussion meeting was held at Khulna Umeshchandra Public Library Auditorium in the morning to commemorate the day. Khulna City Corporation Mayor Talukder Abdul Khaleque attended the discussion as the chief guest.

The KCC Mayor said, “The Sundarbans is a heritage and national wealth for Bangladesh and we are proud of this forest.  The Sundarbans protect Bangladesh as a mother. However, some unscrupulous people are trying to destroy the forest. Survival, economic progress and prosperity of the people of the southwest largely depends on the survival of the Sundarbans. Therefore, to protect the Sundarbans, the people of this region must come forward first”. The Mayor also suggested that those who want to destroy the Sundarbans should be brought under the law.

Forest Conservator of Khulna Circle Mohammad Moinuddin Khan chaired the discussion while Additional Divisional Commissioner (Revenue) of Khulna Shubash Chandra Saha, Additional DIG Md Habibur Rahman and General Secretary of Khulna Press Club Mamun Reza attended as special guest. 

Divisional Forest Officer Md. Bashirul-al-Mamun presented information on the Sundarbans and Executive Director of the Sundarbans Academy Professor Anwarul Qadir delivered the welcome speech. Former president of Khulna Press Club Farooq Ahmed hosted the event. 

The speakers at the time called for administrative actions for stopping all sort of activities that are harmful to the biodiversity of the Sundarbans while they made a demand of observing February 14 as the National Sundarbans Day. 

Prizes were distributed among the winners of a drawing competition at the event. 

­Earlier in the morning, a colorful rally was brought out from Hadis Park in the town that ended at the Umeshchandra Public Library. People from different walks of life participated in the rally. The day concluded with a cultural ceremony and Sundarbans’ ‘Patagan’ performed by Rupantar Theater group.