BIWTA demolishes 198 structures from Buriganga

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:50, Jul 03,2019


Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority demolishes an illegally constructed two-storey structure occupying the bank of the River Buriganga at Dakkhin Keraniganj in Dhaka on Tuesday. — New Age photo

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority on Tuesday reclaimed two acres of land from the Buriganga channel by demolishing 198 illegal structures.

The BIWTA eviction team demolished one three-storied building, one two-storied building, 13 one-storied buildings and 182 other structures, including some sand storage field, deputy director of Dhaka River port Mizanur Rahman told New Age.

Mizan said that the illegal structures were demolished on the both sides of the river from Kholamora of keraniganj to Mandail near the Sadarghat piver port. He said that the eviction drive would continue tomorrow and added that last week BIWTA cleaned debris of the demolished structures in an area stretching from Tongi IT Hospital Gate to Abdullahpur Bazar.

BIWTA has been operating eviction drives since January in the four rivers flowing around Dhaka and demolished over 4000 illegal structures, including some seven-storied buildings and establishments of lawmakers and influential businesses.

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