A Jubo League office on road no 11 at Uttara Sector 3 was dismantled
The mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) has expressed his firm determination to disallow any political party offices on pavements or footpath under the city corporation's jurisdiction.
Mayor Atiqul Islam made the statement to a group of reporters on Sunday while visiting the Uttara, Sector 3, area to see for himself the eviction drive to free footpaths and pavements from illegal traders and businesses.
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A visit around the city showed that most of the footpaths and pavements are occupied by vendors, tea stalls extending their stands, signboards kept by shops keepers, hawkers and some people have even put up small houses with plastic sheets, leaving very little space for pedestrians.
They are conducting illegal business along the footpath and have also built political offices on some pavements, forcing pedestrians to use roads or streets to walk, he added.
"No trade or businesses would be allowed on footpaths or pavements. There would be no political offices on the footpaths either,” the mayor said.
Putting public interest as top priority, he warned that undue interference in the form of trade, business and makeshift offices on footpaths would be dealt with rather strongly.
Atiqul said mobile court drives would continue and move around all the areas under the DNCC.
Mobile court slaps Tk 3 lac in fines, two persons jailed for different periods
DNCC has begun the mobile court drive to evict illegal establishments from footpaths in order to ensure free movement of people.
The drive began near the Zamzam Tower intersection of Sonargaon Janapad Avenue just before 12pm on Sunday, and worked its way towards areas adjacent to Rajlakshmi bus stand and Maskot plaza.
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With magistracy power, Chief Revenue Officer of DNCC Mohammad Abdul Hamid Miah, Chief Estate Officer Aminul Islam and Zonal Executive Officer, Zone-1 under DNCC, Zulkar Nayem and Executive Magistrate Mohammad Sajid Anowar carried out the eviction operation.
Addressing a press release, DNCC said they have evicted more than three hundred makeshift stalls, shops, sheds, stairs from the footpath to make them free for pedestrians.
Magistrate Sajid Anwar said the city authorities have evicted three businesses that obstructed the walkways, and slapped fines of Tk3.5 lakh. However, one of the offenders could not pay the fine of Tk50,000, thus, he was sentenced to seven-days imprisonment.
During the eviction operations, one individual tried to resist, and he was sentenced to three months imprisonment, he added.
The DNCC also dismantled a Jubo League office, a political affiliate of the ruling Awami League, situated on road 11 of Sector 3 in Uttara, which this reporter corroborated from the site.
Responding to a query, Chief Revenue Officer Abdul Hamid said: "We are evicting all illegal establishments on the walkways, that deter pedestrians from walking along the pavement, as trading on footpaths fall under the jurisdiction of the city corporation."
Officials from the DNCC said they would reassess the area on Monday and the eviction drive will come into effect again on Tuesday.