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Turag eviction drive

35 structures removed

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, Dhaka

The BIWTA (Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority) yesterday evicted a total of 35 illegal structures on bank of the Turga River, leaving some structures belonging to Ha-Meem Group, Ananda Group and others. The BIWTA carried out eviction drives on the eastern side of the Tongi rail bridge area yesterday.

“We are ready to demolish the illegal structures of Ha-Meem group. But they have applied to the shipping ministry seeking time to relocate valuable machinery housed in the building. The ministry has given them till February to remove their equipment,” Habibur Rahman Hakim, executive magistrate told this correspondent.

When asked about demolition of Ananda Group owner’s house, the magistrate said that the owner has constructed his house

grabbing a part of the riverbank, but the team is unable to demolish it due to an embargo imposed by the court.

Though the officials of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) and district administration are ready to demolish the illegal portion of various structures on the Turag River bank, some structures are being left out for a number of reasons, said sources.  The eviction team demolished one three-storey building, one two-storey building, eight one-storey buildings, five semi pucca houses and 20 makeshifts under the special eviction drive yesterday.

Besides, at least 100 tonnes of waste was removed from the River Turag during the drive and one acre of river bank was reclaimed, joint director of BIWTA AKM Arif Uddin told this correspondent.

Executive Magistrate Hakim said they will conduct eviction drive between Dhour Bridge and Birulia Bridge starting from Thursday morning at 9am.

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