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High Court orders to evict 74 illegal structures from Buriganga channel

  • Published at 02:46 pm March 18th, 2021
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File photo: BIWTA has started the abolishing process of illegal settlements on the banks of the Buriganga River Dhaka Tribune

The High Court bench passed the order in response to a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB)

The High Court has ordered the eviction of 74 illegal structures in the main channel of the  Buriganga River in Hazaribagh and Kamrangirchar within the next three months.

A High Court bench comprising Justice Govinda Chandra Tagore and Justice Mohammad Ullah passed the order on Thursday in response to a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) seeking necessary order.

According to the CS/RS survey of the river, the deputy commissioner of Dhaka and chairman of BIWTA has been asked to implement the directive. The court also directed the inspector general of police, the commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) and the director general of RAB to co-operate with them. It has also given directives to submit a report to the High Court on June 26 following the implementation of the court order.

Advocate Manzil Morshed stood for the writ petition. Meanwhile, Deputy Attorney General Arbindu Roy represented the state. Advocate Amatul Karim was present on behalf of the Department of Environment.

Earlier, on October 12, 2020, the High Court directed a survey to identify the occupants of the Buriganga River's main channel (Hazaribagh and Kamrangirchar) after hearing an application filed HRPB. At the same time, the court directed the director general of the survey department to submit a report with a list of illegal occupants after conducting a survey in accordance with the CS / RS pamphlet of the original channel of the river. As per the instructions, a 10-member committee was formed for the survey and after a few months of survey activities, the list of occupants of the river was submitted to the High Court in the form of an affidavit. These installations include tin-shed houses, four-storey buildings, one-storey buildings, earthworks, privately owned houses with partial installation of mosques, government hospitals, industries, supermarkets, etc.

Moreover, HRPB filed a writ petition in the High Court in 2019 in public interest to stop illegal occupation of the river and eviction of illegal structures. In the context of the writ, the High Court bench of Justice ABM Khairul Haque and Justice Mamtaz Uddin Ahmed gave nine-point directions including survey of the river boundary and eviction of occupants. According to the verdict, part of the Buriganga River in Hazaribagh and Kamrangirchar areas were not included as part of the "original channel" during the survey. According to the survey report, about 74 structures have occupied the original channel of the Buriganga River and according to the verdict, they are obliged to evict the structures. 

In this regard, HRPB filed a fresh application in the High Court for the eviction of the same.

 

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