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DMCH eviction drive removes over 100 illegal structures

Update : 09 Mar 2014, 07:34 PM

As part of a drive conducted by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, more than a hundred illegal establishments outside Sir Salimullah Medical College Hospital in the capital were evicted yesterday, also the second day of the ongoing drive.    

Beginning at 11:00am, the drive was carried out in presence of the executive magistrate of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), top officials of the Health Ministry, Directorate General of Health Services and Mitford Hospital as well as members of the law enforcement agency.

Equipped with bulldozer, city corporation workers cleared footpaths occupied by illegal makeshift stalls outside the hospital. Establishments were also demolished from the footpath on Nolgola road, located near student hostel across the west side of the hospital.

Mohammad Atul Mandal, executive magistrate of DSCC, told the Dhaka Tribune drive was carried out to remove illegal establishments set up outside and west side of the hospital and also on adjacent roads.

A day before the drive was carried out, DCC issued a notice asking owners of illegal establishments to leave the area unoccupied but a few took heed of the notice and relocated their goods. Most of them, however, did not care to respond and act accordingly. 

Brigadier General Zakir Hossain, director of Mitford Hospital, told the Dhaka Tribune the illegal establishment had been polluting the environment of the hospital’s entrance and also the west side.

Health Ministry sources say DSCC will conduct similar drives outside Dhaka Medical College Hospital today.

On the first day of the drive, Dhaka North City Corporation evicted around 300 illegal establishments from Shaheed Suhrawardy, National Heart Institute, National Institute of Traumatology and National Institute of Eye Science Hospital. 

Directed by Health Minister Mohammed Nasim, the ministry took the decision to conduct the eviction drive at public hospitals on March 3.

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