Eviction on Buriganga bank resumes -The Asian Age

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) yesterday began the third phase of eviction drive to demolish illegal establishments along the Buriganga River. The drive demolished 118 illegal structures and reclaimed three acres of land at Loharpul -- the original channel of the river. The drive started from Batteryghat in Kamrangirchar around 10 am and continued till 5pm.

A total of 18 illegal establishments including four brick kilns were bulldozed in the morning. Earlier in two phases, a total of 1,199 establishments were pulled down from the banks of the river.The BIWTA said walkways would be built along the river banks to mark boundaries and trees would be planted there to prevent future attempts of encroachment.

Apart from, the government would set up some 12,000 demarcation pillars under a new project along the rivers around the capital to protect them from encroachment.Tender would be floated soon and the government has already appointed a consultant to implement the Tk 850 crore project.

Under the project, the government would build some 50km-long walkways, plant trees along the walkways and set up three eco-parks at Shinnirtek, Tongi and Ashulia. The authorities would also build 19 jetties at Amin Bazar, Gabtoli, Kanchpur, Tanbazar, Machuwa Bazar, Khanpur and some other areas.