Walkway on riverbank project may buoy up grabbers, warns BAPA

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:22, Jul 27,2019


Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan and Buriganga Riverkeeper jointly hold a news conference at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity on Friday over recent eviction drive against the grabbers of river land. — New Age photo

Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity on Friday alleged that the government project to make walkways along the riverbanks surrounding capital might create a scope for giving legality to grabbers of river land.

Leaders of the NGO said that the on-going drives against grabbers failed to evict powerful grabbers from the Buriganga and the Turag.

BAPA general secretary Abdul Matin complained that the government agencies had deliberately committed mistakes in demarcation on river boundaries to save the powerful grabbers.

‘BAPA protests at the government’s mega project to make Buriganga like Hatirjheel,’ said Matin.

Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan and the Buriganga Riverkeeper jointly organised the press conference where they urged the government for actions to save rivers according to the directives of the High Court.

HC ordered the government to save river comprising foreshores and flood flow areas not only bed, said Sharif Jamil, executive director of Buriganga Riverkeeper.

Sharif also joint secretary of BAPA said that recently the government had taken a Tk 850 crore project to make walkways on the Buriganga riverbanks.

In a written statement he said that the government had demolished hundreds of illegal establishments at the same time legalised Basila Garden City, Basila Future Park, Suchana Housing, Basila Model Town, Chahdrima Housing, Dhaka Udyan, Basila City Housing, Turag Housing and Mir Akter Cement factory which were built grabbing rivers.

Sharif said that the river grabbing went uncontrolled as the government agencies wrongly set boundary pillars and failed to evict all illegal occupiers.

National River Conservation Commission member Sharmin Murshid and BAPA joint secretary Mihir Biswas, among others, also addressed the meeting.

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