Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated the "grand musical dancing fountain" and amphitheatre at Hatirjheel, a popular recreational spot in Dhaka.
She described the twin establishments as Bangla Nababarsha 1424 gifts to the city dwellers and the countrymen, reports BSS.
The amphitheatre and the largest musical dancing fountain in South Asia, with a capacity of 2000, have been constructed over the water of Hatirjheel lake to give a facelift to the Hatirjheel project.
Bangladesh Army's Special Works Organisation (SWO-West) implemented the project with the patronisation of Housing and Public Works Ministry, Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakhya (Rajuk) and Dhaka Wasa.
Inaugurating the two establishments through videoconferencing from Ganabhaban, the prime minister urged the people to keep the project area neat and clean.
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“I would like to request the people who would visit the area not to throw wastes like empty water bottles, papers into the water of the lake,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said a huge number of city dwellers alongside local and foreign tourists would be able to enjoy the beauty of the fountain in a unique environment after visiting the Hatirjheel site.
Chief of Army Staff General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Haque spoke at the function.
Project Director Major General Abu Sayeed Mohammad Masud highlighted various key features of the fountain and amphitheatre through power point presentation.
Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury and LGRD Minister Engineer Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain were present on the dais.
Narrating attractive features of the amphitheatre, the project director said the amphitheatre would be looking like flower with petals due to its eye- catching construction technique, circular structure and very beautiful colour design.
Besides, a 120-meter-long colourful fountain has also been constructed there and such a structure would create an environment of floating stage on the water in the minds of the audience.
This colourful fountain has time-controlled sound wave and musical track which created a tri-dimensional structure.
The Hatirjheel project has been implemented from the Bengunbari Khal, southern part of the Hotel Sonargaon, and at the middle point of Rampura Bridge after going through Tongi Diversion Road.
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 kilometres expressway have been constructed under this project.
Besides, two water taxi terminals and four deep tube wells were also set up under the Hatirjheel project.
Under the project, four bridges, three viaducts, four overpasses, 8.80 kilometres footpaths, 9.80 kilometres walkway, one children park, 13 viewing decks would be constructed.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Hatirjheel Project on January 2 in 2013.