Eviction drives to demolish the illegal establishments on the banks of the River Karnaphuli continued for the 2nd day on Tuesday at Majhirghat, Chattogram.
On the second day of the drive, Chattogram district administration recovered 4.5 acres of land after demolishing more than 30 giant semi-brick built houses which had been used as warehouses of different companies.
Assistant commissioner (land) of Patenga circle Tahmilur Rahman and executive magistrate Touhidul Islam led the drive which started on 9:00am and continued till 5:00pm.
‘We also recovered a canal in the Majhirghat area which was earlier 20 feet wide though illegal encroachment made it narrow’, he said.
He said, ‘We have started the eviction work with our own fund and equipments to give our best to save the lifeline of Chattogram — the River Karnaphuli. We would continue the drive on Wednesday and is set to demolish the industrialist Md Rashid’s Karnaphuli Ship Builders office which was partially razed on Monday.’
More than 200 police and RAB were present led by CMP senior assistant commissioner Nobel Chakma and RAB 7 assistant police super Kazi Mohammad Tareq Aziz.
The target is to recover a total 10 acres of river land and demolish 200 illegal establishments.
On Monday morning, the eviction drive began in the Sadarghat area and four acres of land was recovered but no gigantic establishments were demolished on the day.
District administration divided the area in three zones — from port area to Gosaildanga, Majhirghat to Karnaphuli Bridge, Karnaphuli Bridge to Mohora.
Earlier, in August 2016, the High Court ordered the removal of 2,112 structures illegally built on the banks of the Karnaphuli in response to a writ petition. In November 2017, the Chittagong district administration in a letter to the land ministry sought allocation of Tk 1.20 crore for the eviction. But they did not get the required fund till 2018.
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