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444 illegal structures demolished on Buriganga shores

  • Published at 08:09 pm January 31st, 2019
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File photo: For the third consecutive day BIWTA continued abolishing process of illegal settlements on the banks of the Buriganga River Focus Bangla

The three-day operation to salvage the river saw authorities tear down sheds, mills, factories, multi-storey buildings, warehouses, etc

The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority has torn down 444 illegally constructed structures along the shores of the Buriganga River between January 29 and 31.

The three-day operation to salvage the river saw authorities tear down sheds, mills, factories, multi-storey buildings, warehouses, etc.

According to Jahangir Alam Khan, senior information and press officer with the BIWTA, the authorities will resume operations from February 5 to February 19 to further evict illegal structures.

Karnaphuli River eviction drive from Monday

The long-awaited eviction drives against the illegal establishments on both shores of the Karnaphuli River will begin Monday.

The decision was made during an emergency meeting held Thursday at the Chittagong Deputy Commissioner's office.

Md Delwar Hossain, Chittagong additional commissioner (Revenue) confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune.

He said: "We will start determining the demarcation pillars from Friday. We have not yet received the Tk 1.20 crore funding required to conduct the eviction drives. We have already held talks with the stakeholders like the Chittagong City Corporation, Chittagong Port Authority and Chittagong Development Authority in this regard."

On August 16, 2016, the High Court, in response to a writ petition, directed the authorities concerned to remove 2,112 structures illegally built on the banks of the river.

Citing media reports on rampant encroachment, the writ petition had been filed, seeking the High Court’s directives on the government to save the river.

The High Court bench of Justice Md Rezaul Hasan and Justice Kashefa Hussain had passed the order after hearing the writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh – a rights organization – in July 2010.

A number of individuals, business and slum owners, a container terminal, and six government entities are accused of erecting illegal structures at Bakalia, Patenga, Madrabari, Ghosail Danga, Monoharkhali, and Firingi Bazar areas on the river bank.

Our correspondent Anwar Hussain from Chittagong contributed to this report

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