BSS-49 Govt asks BIWTA to strengthen drive against river encroachment

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Govt asks BIWTA to strengthen drive against river encroachment

DHAKA, March 4, 2019 (BSS) – Shipping Secretary Md Abdus Samad today asked
the BIWTA to further strengthen its eviction drives against encroachment of
all rivers across the country.

“The shipping secretary gave directives to BIWTA, in a concerted way along
with other agencies concerned including district administrations, RAJUK, WDB,
Directorate of Environment and Dhaka WASA, to further strengthen their
ongoing eviction drives against illegally occupied riverbanks to make the
rivers free from occupation and pollution,” said a press release here.

Samad came up with the directives while visiting the banks of rivers
Buriganga and Turag from Dhaka river-port terminal Sadarghat to Basila.

He laong with shipping ministry and Bangladesh Inland Water Transport
Authority (BIWTA) officials visited the areas to monitor the eviction drives
that were carried out on the banks of Buriganga and Turag over the last 12
working days from January 29 to February 20 under the ongoing walkway
project.

The shipping secretary also gave directives to the all the authorities
concerned to demolish all the structures built on river shores on river
Burigang and Turag including the completely occupied main channel of river
Turag by one Amin Momin Housing Company in Basila area.

He also asked BIWTA to strengthen monitoring system as the evicted areas
could not be occupied again.

BSS/PR /KAK/MKD/RY/20:25 hrs