Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority on Tuesday demolished structures of large business groups and real estate companies, like the Unique Group, Pran-RFL Group and Bashundhara Group, as that were built on unlawfully occupied government land on the River Balu in the eastern fringe of the capital.
The eviction team managed to recover three acres of land of the river grabbed by the big businesses on the both sides of the river from Ichhapur to Fakirkhali and earned Tk 80.4 lakh selling stones and sands stored on the river bank through spot auction.
‘The money will be deposited in the government exchequer,’ BIWTA joint director and also Dhaka port officer AKM Arif Uddin told New Age.
The eviction drive began in the morning through demolishing illegal structures of Unique Group’s Ready Mix Factory at Ichhapur under Khilkhet police station.
The eviction team demolished parts of a big warehouse of Pran-RFL Group on the western side of the river and also sold sand used by the company for encroaching on 2.5 acres land of the Balu holding a spot auction.
They demolished boundary wall of Bashundhara Group’s housing project on the river at Beraid.
Locals said it was the boundary wall of Block P of Bashundhara Residential Area that the company was developing grabbing eastern bank the river at Rupganj in Narayanganj.
Rajdhani Unnyan Kartripakkhya officials said Bashundhara Group’s residential area had permission its Block A to F, but it unlawfully grabbed a vast area and selling the land illegally from Block G to P.
BIWTA’s eviction team sold stones and sands stored on the river bank by the Crown Ready Mix at Beraid under Bhatara police station holding auction.
Illegal structures built by the Kapatakkhya Housing and Bhuluya Island City on the River Balu were also demolished.
It also demolished 22 other structures from Ichhapur to Fakirbazar.
BIWTA joint director and also Dhaka port officer AKM Arif Uddin urged Rajuk and Dhaka’s two city corporations and district administration to take action against grabbers of the rivers, canals and wetlands for the interest of the people and the city.
BITWTA’s Narayanganj port demolished four dockyards and fined nine others on the River Sitalakhya in Rupganj.
‘We demolished illegal dockyards, whose owners were not identified during the eviction and served eviction notice to the owners of nine others,’ BIWTA joint director and also Narayanganj port officer Guljar Ali said.
Twenty-nine other structures were also demolished from the bank of Sitalakhya on Tuesday, he said.
Since the beginning of the eviction drive in January, BIWTA so far has demolished over illegal 5,000 structures from the Buriganga, Turag, Balu and Sitalakhya.
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