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Railway to cultivate on unused lands for preventing grabbing

Shahin Akhter | Published: 22:18, May 08,2020 | Updated: 11:30, May 09,2020

 
 

Bangladesh Railway has taken an initiative of cultivating vegetables on its unused land in the station areas to prevent grabbing of lands.

In a notice on Thursday, railway’s Dhaka division has already asked all station in-charges to implement the decision.

The Chattogram division is also going to issue the notice today while the Pakshey and Lalmonirhat divisions are going to take decision in this regard today.

For a long time the railway is struggling to recover its grabbed lands across the country.

According to railway’s estate department, 3,213 acres of its total around 61,860 acres of land — 2,731 acres in west and 482 acres in east zone — was occupied by grabbers till January this year.

In 2019 railway recovered its 259.57 acres of occupied lands.

Against this backdrop the initiative was taken to cultivate vegetables.

Asadul Haque, Paksey divisional railway manager, said that cultivation would not only prevent grabbing of lands but also keep the unused areas clean.

Officials also said that earlier the prime minister Sheikh Hasina directed the authorities concerned to cultivate vegetables the unused government lands.

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