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21 January, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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DNCC plans eviction drive at Tejgaon

Area infested with political party offices
Mubtasim Fuad, Dhaka

Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) is planning to evict illegal structures, mostly electoral offices, belonging to different political parties grabbing footpath and parts of its adjacent roads. When contacted about the problem, Counselor Md. Sofiullah (Ward no. 24 of DNCC) who is also the president of Tejgaon Awami League, told The Independent that he has asked the city corporation authorities to demolish the illegal portions of the offices that have encroached on the roads and footpaths. “There will be no illegal constructions on the roads and footpaths in that area,” he added.

City Corporation sources said, As many as 30 political party offices, both permanent and temporary, have come up in the city’s Tejgaon area. Of these, 18 belong to the ruling Awami League (AL) and 12 to the Jatiya Paryty (JP). These offices bedecked with banners, festoons and posters of the respective parties have encroached on the footpaths around Tejgaon circle area, forcing pedestrians to walk on the roads. Residents of the area complained that there was no way to get rid of the problem.

“It’s a known fact that every political parties had set up an office in our area at the time of the 11th parliamentary election last year. But the campaigning offices haven’t been evicted yet by the party activists. They were even disrespectful when city corporation authorities asked them to vacate the offices,” a resident said requesting anonymity.

Kudrat Mahbub, a residence of North Begunbari Siddik Master Road, said ruling party activists play loud music in their offices much to the disturbance of the people living around. “I am confused as to whether these offices will be evicted or not,” he added.

At Bitak Cicle in Tejgaon area, a Political Party office built with concrete has blocked a huge portion of the adjacent road.

“Out of 40 feet, the office has encroached on 12 to 13 feet of the road,” a local tea seller said. He refused to reveal his identity, fearing trouble from local party workers.

Chowdhury Aslam Uddin, a resident of Tejgaon’s Nurani Circle, said, “A wing organization of JP has built its unit office in our area that blocks the sidewalk.”  

Biplob Kumar Sarker, deputy commissioner of police (Tejgaon division), said, “If the city corporation asks for any kind of help to evict the offices, then we will do the needful on our part.”

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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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