A significant portion of the area for the reservoir is illegally occupied
Another eye-catching lake (reservoir) similar to Hatirjheel lake will be constructed at Kalyanpur in Dhaka, including a walkway and swimming pool facilities.
Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Md Atiqul Islam disclosed the information while inspecting the land recovery and eviction drive for the asphalt plant adjacent to Gabtali embankment on Monday.
He said a well-planned reservoir is needed to solve the waterlogging problem in the capital. Although the necessary land has been acquired for this purpose, most of it is illegally occupied.
Mayor Atiqul said 170 acres, out of the 173 acres of land earmarked for the Kalyanpur reservoir and more than half of the 52 acres earmarked for the asphalt plant and other activities adjacent to the Gabtali embankment are in the possession of illegal occupants.
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The DNCC mayor said that about 20 bighas of land was recovered without any hindrance in Monday’s operation and a boundary wall will be built around the rescued land as soon as possible.
He issued a stern warning against the illegal occupants of land and said they would be evicted without any notice.
He said the DNCC is working on short-, medium- and long-term plans to reduce waterlogging and control pollution in the city.
The mayor said the canal rescue and cleaning activities would continue with the help of the people.
Chief Engineer of the DNCC Brigadier General Amirul Islam and local Ward councillors were present on the occasion.