The eviction drive that started at 10:15am was carried out from Sadarghat to Barik Building area in the city without any hindrance from any quarters
Chittagong district administration has pulled down at least 50 illegal structures on the banks of Karnaphuli River on the first day of its eviction drive on Monday.
The eviction drive that started at 10:15am was carried out from Sadarghat to Barik Building area in the city without any hindrance from any quarters.
Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, Assistant Commissioner (Land) of Patenga Circle Tahmilur Rahman said they did not face any obstruction from any quarter during the eviction drives. Some of the encroachers removed 30 structures on their own before the drive started.
"The drives ended smoothly for the first day. We did not face any obstruction from anywhere. We will set up demarcation pillars and hang notices in the reclaimed land. As part of beautification work, some saplings will also be planted in the reclaimed land," said the Assistant Commissioner.
Nearly 10 acres of land will be reclaimed in the first phase of eviction by removing around 200 structures, said Tahmilur Rahman.
Earlier on February 2, Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury sounded a strong warning that no encroachers would be spared during the eviction drives.
"I want your all-out cooperation in this regard. Karnaphuli River is an asset of Chittagong and we must protect it rising above political identity. The survival of the port city depends on the survival of the Karnaphuli," said the Minister.
On August 16 in 2016, the High Court, in response to a writ petition, had 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 slums owners are accused of erecting illegal structures at Bakalia, Patenga, Madrabari, Ghosail Danga, Monoharkhali, and Firingi Bazar areas on the river bank.