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8 March, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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eviction drive on Turag banks

60 more illegal structures demolished

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, Dhaka

The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) pulled down a total of 60 illegal structures in the capital’s Bosila and Charwashpur areas yesterday. BIWTA executive magistrate Mostafizur Rahman led the eviction drive with the help of the local administration and other related organisations.

During the drive, five three-storey buildings, six two-storey buildings, 10 single-storey buildings, seven semi-pucca houses, 26 boundary walls and six tin-shed houses were demolished, AKM Arif Uddin, joint director (Dhaka river port) of the BIWTA, told this correspondent.

“The BIWTA has conducted the drive in Charwashpur opposite Bosila bridge, Bosila Housing and

Chandrima Housing, and we have reclaimed two acres during the drive,” he SAID. “We’ve pulled down a total of 146 illegal establishments over the last three days, including the removal of 20,000 cubic metres of debris, soil and sand from Amin-Momin Housing Society,” added Arif. According to him, the next operation will be conducted at Dhaka Uddyan on March 12.

On Wednesday, the BIWTA had conducted the drive in Basila areas and removed 20,000 cubic metres of earth and debris piled up by Amin-Momin Housing illegally. “It would take more than a month to remove the soil that filled up 2,800 feet of the main channel of the Turag river,” said Arif.

The BIWTA dredging department has engaged five excavators and one bulldozer to remove the earth from the Amin-Momin Housing Society to restore the channel.

On Tuesday, the BIWTA had demolished a total of 86 illegal structures in the capital’s Bosila and Keraniganj. The operation began from the morning to save the Buriganga and Turag rivers. During the drive, five three-storey buildings, two four-storey buildings, 19 single-storey buildings, 22 semi-pucca establishments, 31 boundary walls and seven tin-shed houses were razed to the ground.

The BIWTA has reclaimed a total of 12.5 acres of land during the eviction drive over the last three days. The first phase of the eviction drive along the Buriganga and Turag rivers had ended on February 18.

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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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