Published:  12:07 AM, 15 March 2019

BIWTA removes 55 more illegal structures

Deputy minister says drive will continue

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) yesterday conducted eviction drive alongside Turag River bank. A total of 55 illegal establishments were knocked down yesterday at Gabtoli and Aminbazar. A coal pile built on the river bank was put on auction and realized Tk 31 lakh.  

The ongoing drive against the illegal establishments began in the morning. A total of 2026 structures have been removed on the 18th day yesterday. BIWTA joint director AKM Arif Uddin said second phase of the operation yesterday razed down 20 boundary walls, 15-bamboo selling spots and 20 tin-shed houses. Meantime, deputy minister for Water Resources AKM Enamul Haque Shameem yesterday said eviction drives against illegal establishment on riverbanks will be continued.

"Water Resources Ministry, Shipping Ministry and other concerned monitories and offices are jointly conducting the drives to evict illegal establishments on the banks of Buriganga and Karnaphuli rivers," he told a civic on Jatiya Press Club premises. 'Bangladesh Nodi Bachao Andolon' arranged the rally with its central president Professor Anwar Sadat in the chair. Shameem said water resources ministry is working for preventing water-logging crisis across the country as the monsoon is approaching.

"We are working relentlessly to identify the erosion prone areas to prevent river erosion,"Earlier, BIWTA identified some 906 illegal structures along the bank of Buriganga, stretching from Sadarghat to Gabtoli. They started a 13-day drive on January 29 to evict all the illegal ones to free the river from encroachers.Under a new project, the government would set up some 12,000 demarcation pillars along the rivers around the capital to protect them from encroachment.

Tender would be floated by this month and the work might start within the next three months. The government has already appointed a consultant firm to implement the Tk850 crore project. Under the project, the government would build 50km-long walkways, plant trees along the walkways and set up three eco-parks at Shinnirtek, Tongi and Ashulia.

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