Vol. 5 Num 652 Wed. March 29, 2006  
Star City

City roads named after heroes

A special committee of the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) officially approved, at its 8th general meeting on March 22, the naming roads after freedom fighters and sector commanders, although DCC Mayor had inaugurated the nameplates in December last year.

The committee also approved naming of intersections, parks, stages, community centres and the Mahanagar Natyamancha after those who sacrificed their lives in various democratic and political movements.

"The aim of naming these roads after freedom fighters and eminent personalities was to enable the present generation to recognise those who fought in the name of the country," said Mohammad Sirajul Islam, chief town planner. He added that it would help them to feel the patriotic spirit, encourage them to work towards the betterment of the country and know who the true heroes of the country are.

"Knowledge of our history will help to shape their future," said Sirajul.

He said the DCC has already placed some road signs bearing the new names, and the rest will gradually follow.

The road from Farmgate overbridge through Mohakhali to Tongi bridge has been named Bir Uttam Ziaur Rahman Road. The road from Science Laboratory stretching up to BDR gate and Dhanmondi road 2 is Bir Uttam M A Rob Road. The stretch of road from Nabisco factory at Tejgaon through Gulshan Shooting Complex to Gulshan-2 circle is called Bir Uttam Mir Shawkat Road, and from Mohakhali Jalkhabar to Gulshan 1 circle road is called Bir Uttam AK Khandakar Road. From the Sonargaon intersection through Panthapath up to adjoining Mirpur Road is Bir Uttam Kaji Nuruzzaman Road, from Mouchak to Magbazar road is Shaheed Journalist Selina Parvin Road and from Katabon crossing through Hatirpool Bazar ti Sonargaon Crossing road is Bir Uttam C R Dutta Road.

Many of these roads were named a few years' back, but are not officially used either by government or by the people. "The names are confined to just the nameplates rather than daily use," said one of the high officials of DCC preferring anonymity.

Apart from the roads, circles, parks, community centers and a theatre have also been named anew. Baridhara circle has become "UN Square", the intersection of Green road "Sajal Square". The Dainik Bangla intersection is called "Jihad Square".

The Gulistan Park is named "Shaheed Motiur Park", the ward 82 community centre "Johir Raihan Stage" and the Mahanagar Theatre is named "Kazi Bashir Milanayatan (auditorium)"

A suggestion came from a member of the young generation.

"If the nameplates also carried a few lines on their lives and contributions, it would be easier for us to identify the heroes after whom the roads have been named," Nafiul Alam, a student of class eight.