Evacuation of 26 thousand 181 illegal structures in 10 years: State Minister of Shipping

From 2010 to 2024, 26 thousand 181 small and large illegal structures have been cleared and 1 thousand 160 acres of riverside land has been recovered across the country in BIWTA’s campaign, said State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury.

He said these things in response to a written question of Independent Member of Parliament Khosru Chowdhury on Tuesday (June 25). Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury presided over the session. On this day questions are presented in the answer table.

Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury said that almost hundred percent of the illegal structures have been removed through the eviction program and still the BIWTA is continuing its activities regularly.

The Minister of State for Shipping said that the project titled ‘Establishment of pillars, protection of banks, walkways and jetties along with ancillary infrastructure on the banks of Buriganga, Turag, Shitalakshya and Balu rivers’ was taken at a cost of Tk 1,181 crore to prevent illegal occupation of the evicted river and banks. Under this, 7,562 boundary pillars have been installed, 46,000 tree plantations, 52 km walkways, 14 jetties, key-walls and 3 ecoparks have been constructed. The actual progress of the project is 80 percent.

He also said that the vibrancy has returned to the river-based economy around Dhaka. Circular waterway around Dhaka The total length of the circular waterway is 110 km surrounded by Buriganga, Turag, Balu, Dhaleswari and Shitalakshya rivers. A study has been completed by the World Bank to restore the rivers. The World Bank has proposed an umbrella investment program to restore rivers. A national level committee has been formed to implement the proposal and work is underway. If this is implemented, the rivers around Dhaka will be completely free of pollution and sustainable development of the environment will be possible.