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2 individuals fined Tk 4.24 lakh for razing hills

  • Published at 08:18 pm September 30th, 2019
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Indiscriminate hill cutting has triggered calamities like landslides, that killed at least 230 people in Chittagong in the last decade

The Department of Environment (DoE) has fined two individuals Tk 4.24 lakh for razing hills in Uttar Pahartali area in the city.

The penalized were identified as Foyez Ahmed, and Ruby Akhter. 

Azadur Rahman Mollick, director of the Department of Environment (Chittagong Metro) penalized the errant individuals during a hearing at the DoE office on Monday.  

Sangjukta Das Gupta, assistant director, DoE, Chittagong Metro, said that they visited the two spots on September 16, after receiving information of levelling hills. 

“Later, the individuals were summoned to attend a hearing. The individuals were fined for damaging the environment,” the DoE official said.

Indiscriminate hill cutting has triggered calamities like landslides, that killed at least 230 people in Chittagong in the last decade. 

As per the Environment Conservation (Amendment) Act 2010, hill cutting is a cognizable offence, and no government, semi-government, or autonomous organization is allowed to cut or raze hills without prior permission from the concerned authorities. 

Under the terms of Building Construction Rules-1996, a clearance certificate must be obtained from the Department of Environment for razing or cutting any hill.