Body formed to settle complexity with river boundary | 2018-09-21 |

Body formed to settle complexity with river boundary

Staff Correspondent     21 September, 2018 12:00 AM printer

A committee has been formed to resolve the complexities arising from the boundaries of the Karnaphuli in Chattogram and rivers around the capital.

The 38th taskforce formed the committee with National River Commission (NRC) chairman as its convener at a meeting at the shipping ministry on Thursday with Minister Shajahan Khan in the chair.

The committee has been asked to submit its findings within three months.

The meeting said some 220-kilometre (km) walkway will be built on both sides of the Buriganga, the Shitalakshya, the Turag and the Balu in order to stop construction of illegal structures. About 20-km walkway has already been constructed.

On October 5, the construction work of 50-km walkway will begin at Ashulia while a study is underway for the remaining 150 km.

Two eco-parks will be constructed on the river banks in Shyampur and Narayanganj while three others will be at Ashulia, Sinnirtek and Tongi for beautification.

A total of 9,677 boundary pillars have been set up on the river banks. Of them, there were dispute with 3,856 pillars.

Disputes with 1,751 pillars have been resolved while dispute with 2,105 pillars will be settled by two months.

A total of 10,400 more boundary pillars which will be big in size will be built soon.

The meeting said Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has knocked down 9,730 illegal establishments around the capital and recovered 501.26 acres of land from grabbers. It will set up 19 jetties.

The meeting also decided not to allow any mills and factories in Gazipur city and Narsingdi afresh. The new mills and factories must be set up in the economic zone.

Among others, Land Minister Shamsur Rahman Sherif, Forest Minister Anisul Islam and Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq were present at the meeting.