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BIWTA to finish demolition drive before Ramadan

3,175 illegal river bank structures brought down so far
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, Dhaka
BIWTA to finish demolition drive before Ramadan

The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has decided to complete its ongoing eviction drive against illegal encroachment along the city’s three rivers—Buriganga, Turag and Balu—before the commencement of the holy Ramadan. Meanwhile, the BIWTA has so far demolished a total of 3,175 illegal structures on the banks of the Buriganga and Turag rivers as of yesterday the since beginning the drive on January 29, AKM Arif Uddin, BIWTA joint director in charge of the Dhaka river port, told The Independent yesterday. The BIWTA has conducted the drives in Bhatulia near Kamarpara and Barodewra areas under the Turag police station and bulldozed a total of 98 illegal structures on Thursday’s (yesterday) drive, he said.

According to Arif, it demolished 11 one-storey residential buildings, 10 semi-pucca houses, 20 tin sheds, 5 warehouses, 7 boundary walls and 45 tin-shed houses. He further said that they also reclaimed four acres of land from encroachment and realized Tk 74.76 lakh by auctioning illegal sand dunes and construction materials.

In its 30-day drive since it began 80 days ago, it collected a total of Tk 4.6 crore for the exchequer by public sale of illegally collected sand, construction and other materials, he said, adding that they had also reclaimed a total of 81 acres of land from encroachment.

“We are trying to complete the drives against illegal encroachment in three city rivers before beginning the holy Ramadan. It would take time to remove debris,” Arif said in reply to a query. He, however, said that the government was determined to protect the reclaimed land by the river this time by constructing walkways, parks and putting the plots to other uses for people's welfare.

When asked about future encroachment, Arif said, “This time we are very cautious. We will continuously monitor the developments.

 

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