State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury said BIWTA, City Corporation, Water Development Board, Department of Environment, Department of Shipping and district administration concerned will work in a body to get rid of river encroachment and pollution.
The minister came up with statement at a meeting at the shipping ministry in the city on Sunday.Dhaka South City Corporation mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon, deputy minister of water resources KM Enamul Haque Shameem, secretary of shipping ministry Md Abdus Samad, National River Protection Commission chairman Dr Muzibur Rahman Howlader, director general of Islamic Foundation Shamim Mohammad Afzal, BIWTA chairman Commodore Mohammad Mozammel Haque, director general of department of shipping commodore Syed Ariful Islam and deputy commissioners and heads of different utilities services attended the programme.
According to the meeting, from 2010 to 26 January this year, BIWTA demolished 12,863 illegal establishments along the banks near Dhaka and Narayanganj river port and freed 521.62 acres of land.
From 29 January to 7 February, the authorities pulled down 1,199 illegal structures and freed 10 acres of river banks in Kamrangirchar, the meeting said.
The meeting also said that BIWTA demarcated the river boundary in Dhaka, Narayanganj and Tongi areas and erected 9,577 pillars to prevent further river encroachment. Of them, 4063 pillars were erected in Dhaka while 5011 pillars in Narayanganj and 503 pillars in Tongi.