Thousands of people formed a human chain on the Dhaka-Mawa Highway Monday demanding that the planned Bangabandhu International Airport be moved out of Munshiganj.
Some 30,000 people from all walks of life locked their hands in an 8-km-long human chain at 10 am that lasted till 2:10pm, creating traffic congestion on the busy route.
The demonstrators stood hand in hand from Shologhar to Nimtali in Srinagar upazila, tying burial shrouds on heads, to press home their demand.
They said thousands of people would be rendered jobless if the airport is constructed on the selected site. “Movement will continue until the demand is met,” said one participant in the human chain.
Srinagar thana OC M Mahbubul Alam told banglanews that they were trying to pacify the protestors. He declined to make further comment at this moment.
The process of acquiring land for constructing the planned Bangabandhu International Airport has begun, as the government moves to start the massive works at the soonest.
Of the total 25,000 acres of land, some 10,895 acres of the wetlands are in Srinagar upazila of Munshiganj, and 7,017 acres in Nawabganj and 7,188 acres in Dohar of Dhaka.
Farhana Mirza, District Correspondent