Muktir Shobujayon Project (Greening for Liberation)
Shakti, in collaboration with DNCC and MetLife Foundation, has initiated the Muktir Shobujayon (Greening for Liberation) Project
with the aim of transforming the abandoned land opposite the Jallad Khana Memorial Site into a modern, green and child-friendly
public space. This is community-based adaptation strategy is contributing towards improving the air quality of Dhaka, a pressing
problem faced by our urban areas.
The Jallad Khana Killing Field in Mirpur-10, Dhaka is intertwined with the history of the Bangladesh's Liberation War. Previously
considered a hub for drug related activities, DNCC, in collaboration with Shakti Foundation and MetLife Foundation, has transformed
this forsaken lot beside the Memorial Site with a greening project of 1,875 fruit, medicinal and ornamental plants as well as a
vertical garden. Children’s play equipment has been renewed and the concrete playground has been replaced by Mexican turf grass to
ensure safety and dust control. In addition, Jallad Khana Garbage Secondary Transfer Station (STS), a malodorous and unsightly dumping
ground, has been given a fresh makeover by renowned Cartoonist Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy and his team at Tanmoy Cartoons.
The Muktir Shobujayon Project was formally inaugurated on the Independence Day, 26th March, 2023 by chief guest, the Honorable Mayor
of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mr. Md. Atiqul Islam. Special Assistant to the Honorable Prime Minister Barrister Biplab Barua,
Chief Executive Officer of MetLife Bangladesh Mr. Ala Ahmad and Deputy Executive Director of Shakti Foundation Mr. Imran Ahmed were
present on the occasion.