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18 April, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 18 April, 2019 02:16:54 AM
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Drive on against illegal structures

BIWTA demolishes 166 structures along Turag in two days
Special Correspondent, Dhaka

As part of its drive to free the city’s rivers of encroachers, the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has demolished 166 illegal structures on the banks of the Turag in the last two days. BIWTA officials, with the help of the local administration, conducted the drive in Bhatulia Mouza and Poranmondal Tek areas, alongside the river, falling under the jurisdiction of the Turag police station, and demolished 70 illegal structures yesterday (Wednesday), and 96 on Tuesday.

“We pulled down 70 illegal structures today (Wednesday). Among them were three two-storeyed residential buildings, six one-storeyed buildings, nine semi-pucca houses, 13 tin-sheds, 10 boundary walls and 29 tin-shed houses,” AKM Arif  Uddin, BIWTA joint director in charge of the Dhaka river port, told The Independent. He said they realised Tk. 1,28,40,000 through auction (sand, stone and earth) during the drive.

“We have reclaimed 4.5 acres of riverbanks from encroachment,” Arif said. He further said they demolished 96 illegal structures in the Dhour areas of Turag police station. “We demolished one four-storeyed residential building, three two-storeyed buildings, 11 one-storeyed buildings, 15 semi-pucca houses, 27-tin-sheds, eight boundary walls and 31 tin-shed houses on Tuesday. Besides, we reclaimed four acres from encroachment and realised Tk. 22.44 lakh through auction,” he said.

Asked whether the drive would continue, Arif replied: “We will complete eviction before the holy Ramadan begins. But it is difficult to remove debris, as we have no dredger and excavator at present. It takes time to remove the huge amount of debris and earth. So, we have decided that the debris and earth will be removed during Ramadan.” He said they are now only demolishing illegal structures.

When his attention was drawn to the fact that some structures have not been demolished, Arif said: “The BIWTA has given licence for some mercantile trade centering around rivers, as it is related to the national economy. We will not remove structures of those who have permission from the BIWTA and their work does not harm rivers. But the structures of anyone crossing the demarcation pillar will be demolished, even if he has a BIWTA licence.”

No one will be spared from this drive and everyone will be brought under trial as per the list prepared by the BIWTA, the official said.  “We have seen that some major industrial units have been established alongside the Turag by grabbing a portion of the river. A list is being prepared of persons who have established industrial units by filling up rivers. Action will be taken against those people after getting approval from the higher authorities,” Arif said in reply to a query.

However, it was seen that many illegal occupants are themselves removing structures on their own, fearing demolition. The BIWTA will conduct its drive from Uttara Sector-10, near Shaheb Ali Madrasa, today.

 

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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