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BIWTA pulls down 185 structures along Turag

Special Correspondent, Dhaka
BIWTA pulls down 185 structures along Turag
A BIWTA excavator razes down a multistoried building sprouted illegally along the foreshore of the Turag River at Kaundia Union of Savar on the outskirts of the capital yesterday as the second phase of eviction drive continues. Independent Photo

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has pulled down a total of 185 illegal structures from Mirpur’s Zahurabad to Palpara areas yesterday as part of its ongoing drive to reclaim grabbed river land.

BIWTA executive magistrate Mostafizur Rahman led the eviction drive with the help of the local administration and other related organisations along the banks of the Turag River.

During the drive, one three-storey building, 11 two-storey buildings, 23 single-storey buildings, 38 semi-concrete houses and 112 tin-shed houses were demolished, AKM Arif Uddin, joint director (Dhaka river port) of the BIWTA, told this correspondent.

“We have reclaimed a total of two acres of encroached land during the drive. Besides, about Tk 6.60 lakh was also realised through auction,” he added.

Earlier on Tuesday, the BIWTA also pulled down a total of 317 illegal structures from Gabtali, Aminbazar and Zahurabad areas along the banks of Buriganga and Turag rivers.

During Tuesday’s drive, two 2-storey buildings, 15 single-storey buildings, 15 boundary walls, 36 semi-concrete houses and 250 bamboo-made makeshift structures were demolished.

Today, the BIWTA is likely to conduct another drive at Palpara under Mirpur Beribandh area along the banks of the Turag River, AKM Arif Uddin said.

The BIWTA began its operation from January 29 and evicted a total of 444 illegal structures between January 29 and 31.

Later, it started the second phase after a four-day hiatus. A total of 211 illegal structures were demolished on February 5 and 252 structures were knocked down on February 6.

The areas where the drive was conducted are Keraniganj, Sadarghat, Kholamora, Basila, Kamrangirchar and it stretched up to Gabtoli, Arif Uddin said, adding that the drive could be expanded on the basis of the number of illegal settlements.

According to the BIWTA sources, around 10,000 illegal structures built on the river banks have so far been demolished over the last few years.

SR

 

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