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Fear of Landslide in Ctg

Over 100 structures removed from risky hill slopes

Staff Correspondent     21 May, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Over 100 structures removed from risky hill slopes

Houses have been built illegally on the slope of a hill in Akbar Shah Railway Colony area in Chattogram city, despite the threat of landslide. (Inset), Chattogram district administration removes risky houses from the colony area on Sunday. – RABIN CHOWDHURY

CHATTOGRAM: The district administration on Sunday removed over 100 illegal structures from risky slopes and bottoms of hill at Akbar Shah Railway Colony in the port city.

Assistant commissioner (AC-Land) Sheikh Jobair Ahmed of Kattali circle led the drive assisted by executive magistrates Sabbir Rahman Sunny, Sabrina Afrin Mostafa and Sharmin Akter.

Sources said the team of the district administration started the drive around 10:30am at the Akbar Shah Railway Colony and removed over 100 illegal structures from the area.

During the drive, power, electricity and gas connections of the settlements were also disconnected, they said.


AC Land Sheikh Jobair told the daily sun that they had earlier asked residents of the area through loudspeakers to leave the risky spots. 

But the residents did not pay heed to the call, he said.

Teams from Chattogram Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Cwasa), Bangladesh Power Development Board and Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Limited assisted the drive, said the AC Land.

“There was no unexpected incident during the drive,” he said, adding that drives will be carried out in the nearby hills to evict the risky and illegal structures soon.

Mentionable, residents of illegal settlements developed on the risky hill slopes at Matijharba barred an eviction drive carried out by the district administration on April 11.

Following the bar and protest, the magistrates leading the drive left the spot wrapping up the drive in midway.

Torrential rain triggered a series of landslides in five hilly districts on June 13 last year. A total of 164 people were killed in the landslides.

Of them, 120 people were killed in Rangamati, 35 in Chittagong, six in Bandarban, two in Cox’s Bazar and one in Khagrachhari.

To ward off recurrence of casualty in landslide, the administration has taken a number of initiatives and sent letters to owners of hills concerned and government agencies to evacuate people before the upcoming rainy season.