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Protests in South Keraniganj against BIWTA move

  • Published at 07:58 pm March 12th, 2019
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File photo shows wreckage of a building pulled down by BIWTA on the first day of the second phase of its drive, along Turag River between Basila and Keraniganj, on Tuesday; March 05, 2019 Focus Bangla

Garment traders, boat owners and workers stage demonstration

Readymade garment traders, boat owners and workers demonstrated on Tuesday at Kaliganj Gudaraghat against Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority’s (BIWTA) decision to relocate nine boat crossing ghats from Sadar Launch Terminal.

The protesters staged the demonstration in South Keraniganj around 11am.

Keraniganj Garments and Shop Owners Association President Aziz Sheikh said that they were protesting against the BIWTA decision.

BIWTA port officer AKM Arif said that there were nine ghats from Telghat to Babubazar Bridge for boat crossing.

"BIWTA has decided to relocate the ghats to Nawabbari area to avoid accidents,” he added.

Witnesses said during the protests, there was huge pressure on Nagormahal and adjoining ghats. A boat had sunk after being hit by a patrol speedboat of the BIWTA port officer.

However, no casualty was reported.