CDA has cut more than 69,210 square feet hill more than approved
The Department of Environment (DoE) has slapped a fine of Tk10.38 crore to Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) for cutting hills more than approved scale and damaging biodiversity.
DoE Director Rubina Ferdousi handed down the penalty after a hearing at her Dhaka office on Wednesday.
CDA built a link road from Dhaka Trunk Road to Bayezid Bostami with an approval from DoE to cut through hills.
While inspecting the project area, a team of DoE found that CDA have cut hills beyond the approval.
DoE then asked CDA authorities to be present at a hearing on the issue in Dhaka.
Rubina Ferdousi said CDA has cut more than 69,210 square feet hill more than approved. Moreover, the hills have been cut at a 90° vertical angle, which may lead to landslide and loss of lives.
CDA was cautioned back in 2017 and imposed a fine of Tk10 lakh. However, they did not pay any heed, she added.
DoE has given fifteen days time to pay the fine of Tk10.38 crore.
CDA sources said they will file an appeal against the fine.