Beggar-off for CWC

2011-01-26 10:45

Dhaka - Bangladesh's police have been told to clear beggars and hawkers off the major streets of Dhaka during next month's Cricket World Cup.

Home Affairs minister Shahara Khatun said on Wednesday her ministry would ask police and city authorities to implement the plan and other recommendations put forward by a World Cup security committee.

"We may take the street beggars to the social welfare ministry's shelters for the time being," Khatun said.

Dhaka, a city of more than 10 million people, has about 100 000 beggars while thousands of people make a living selling cheap products on streets and walkways.

The government is considering declaring holidays for schools and colleges on some match days to reduce overcrowding on the streets.

Khatun said the government would also consider a public holiday on February 17, when Dhaka's Bangabandhu National Stadium would host the opening ceremony.

The minister said a "foolproof" security would be in place as players, guests and spectators start arriving in Bangladesh from early February.

She said there was no specific terrorist threat against the games in Dhaka or the southern city of Chittagong, but the government does not want to take any chances. Helicopters will remain ready for emergencies while a special contingent of military troops would be on alert.

The Cricket World Cup is being co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, with games from February 19.


  • Lunga - 2011-01-26 10:58

    Quick, hide this from the Cape Times!!!!

  • vicj - 2011-01-26 11:07

    Must have learned from Durban.

      nduk'zempi - 2011-01-26 11:11

      true,my beloved durban is a little Bangladesh already

  • Ammie - 2011-01-26 11:14

    Eish! What we don't see won't hurt us? All pretending BS!

  • Heldkay - 2011-01-26 13:40

    All the lower order countries do that, Uganda had all their beggars and wheelchair ridden people loaded on a bus and taken to the East of the country for the time the Common Wealth was having their meeting in Uganda, typically ashamed of their situation and lack of progress---- Foreign Aid is jest not enufff my baaas

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