Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) on Thursday demolished 173 illegal structures during a drive on both banks of the Turag River in Mirpur and Savar areas.
Joint director of BIWTA AKM Arif Uddin and executive magistrate Mostafizur Rahman led the drive.On the 21st day of the drive, BIWTA bulldozed two three-storied buildings, seven two-storied buildings and 23 one-storied buildings.
Apart from that, 38 semi concrete establishments and 103 tin-roofed houses were knocked down.
During the drive, an acre of land was freed. The third-phase drive ended on Thursday while the next on will begin on 25 March.
A total of 2711 illegal establishments were torn down from Kamrangirchar to Mirpur Beribadh, 58 acres of land were freed and Tk 135000 was fined.
Among them, 341 were concrete establishments, 403 were semi concrete ones and 166 were boundary walls.
Meanwhile, local administration evicted some 25 structures developed illegally on the lands of Roads and Highways Department (RHD) at Hathazari upazila in the district on Thursday.A mobile court led by Hathazari Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) and Executive Magistrate Md Ruhul Amin conducted the drive in Ichhapur Bazar area under Mekhal union of the upazila in the morning.
Some 25 illegal establishments including shops were evicted from the both sides of Hathazari-Rangamati Road under the RHD during the drive, said the UNO.
A total of 1,000 square feet of land worth around Tk one crore were recovered through the eviction drive, he said adding that owners of the illegal structures were served notice asking to remove their valuables earlier.
Representatives of the RHD, administration and concerned union parishad were present during the drive.