Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam on Wednesday said 173 acres of land, which was acquired for building a big water retention pond beside Kalyanpur Storm Water Pumping Station, will be recovered from land grabbers.
“We need some planned water bodies for solving waterlogging problems in the capital. We acquired land in Kalyanpur to fulfill the purpose. But a large portion of the land has illegally been grabbed,” he said.The DNCC mayor made the remarks while talking to reporters after visiting the pumping station.
DNCC officials said Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (DWASA) has 56 acres of land and it took another 117 acres of land from Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation and Bangladesh Water Development Board through memoranda of understanding beside Kalyanpur Storm Water Pumping Station.
The DWASA planned to create a big water retention pond for solving waterlogging problems of the area. After taking over the pumping station from the DWASA, the city corporation is now taking care of the station and its property. But the land is now grabbed and illegal structures have been built on the land, they also said.
“The grabbers will have to free the land within the short time, otherwise we will conduct eviction drive without any notice and demolish the structures,” Atiqul warned. The mayor also said the city corporation will take legal action if any of their councilors is found involved with illegal grabbers.
He urged all to be united against the illegal grabbers to recover all government land and ensure the proper use of the land. “When water bodies were under the DWASA, they were not cleaned and maintained properly. After taking the responsibility, DNCC are now recovering the water bodies from grabbers and conducting cleanliness activities,” Atiqul added.