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HC forms committee to protect biodiversity of Halda River

The court also asked lawmakers elected from areas near the banks of the Halda River to act as advisers to the committee

Update : 19 May 2020, 11:51 PM

The High Court has formed a committee to stop the killing of river dolphins and mother fish as well as protect the biodiversity of the Halda River. 

The committee will be headed by the deputy commissioner of Chittagong. 

The bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan issued the order during a virtual hearing on Tuesday, when two reports on the matter were placed before it by the director general of the Department of Environment and district commissioner of Chittagong, respectively. 

The court also asked lawmakers elected from areas near the banks of the Halda River to act as advisers to the committee. 

In the order, the High Court asked the DC of Chittagong to include representatives from the superintendent of police, naval police, coast guard, DoE, fisheries, Water Development Board and forest offices in Chittagong, upazila nirbahi officers and upazila chairman of the banks of the river and representatives from the Marine Science and Fisheries Faculty of the Chittagong University, two representatives from NGOs and two Halda river researchers selected by the DC  in the committee. 

The court fixed May 28 for further hearing on the issue. 

On May 11, Supreme Court lawyer Abdul Qaium Liton filed a writ with the HC's virtual court, seeking it's directives on the authorities concerned of the government to save fish and dolphins in the river. 

The HC's virtual court the next day ordered the department of environment to submit a report before it via email. 

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