The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority eviction team thwarted construction works of a bridge on the River Turag at Kamarpara in Dhaka on Thursday.
Magistrate Mustafizur Rahman, who is leading the BIWTA team, told New Age that he ordered Roads and Highways department engineers to stop the construction as the bridge choked the river interrupting its flow.
BIWTA also complained that the Roads and Highways department had been constructing the bridge grabbing part of the river for months.
‘The bridge drastically entered into the riverbed. In addition, the height of the bridge is not enough for navigating vessels,’ he said.
‘We also ordered the Chinese contractor on an under-construction flyover in Tongi to remove soil from the river within two days,’ Mustafizur Rahman said.
The BIWTA team also demolished 98 structures, including five warehouses of Ananda Builders and 11 buildings, from both sides of the Turag and recovered four acres of land of the Turag
Arranging auction, BIWTA also sold sand, which was confiscated from six traders, at Tk 74 lakh.
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