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DCs asked to clamp down on river pollution, grabbing

  • Published at 10:32 pm July 26th, 2018
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Influentials and different syndicates build establishments like these on the banks of different rivers in Bangladesh by grabbing lands. This 2009 file photo shows illegal establishments beside Turag river in Dhaka Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The shipping minister said his ministry has completed the dredging of 15,000km of riverbed but the normal flow of rivers and their navigability are being destroyed by the illegal removal of sand.

Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan on Thursday said that deputy commissioners (DCs) have been asked to take steps to prevent river grabbing and pollution.

While speaking to reporters after attending the first session on the last day of the DC conference at the secretariat, the minister also said he directed the DCs to take tougher action against river encroachers.

"I know and even you know those who are involved in grabbing and polluting the rivers," he said while talking to reporters.

"No matter how powerful and influential they are, take tougher action against them using the government's power," he told the DCs.

The shipping minister also said his ministry has completed the dredging of 15,000km of riverbed but the normal flow of rivers and their navigability are being destroyed by the illegal removal of sand.

He also stressed the need for creating public awareness in this regard and directed the DCs to hold cultural functions, rallies, and human chains on riverbanks to make people aware of the importance of protecting rivers.

Fisheries and Livestock Minister Narayon Chandra Chanda also attended the session while Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam chaired the session.