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DNCC demolishes illegal structures in capital

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 24 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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DNCC demolishes illegal structures in capital
Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) on Sunday demolishes structures built illegally after occupying Lautala canal at Basila of Mohammadpur in the capital. — Kamrul Islam Ratan

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A mobile court of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) on Sunday demolished two multi-storey buildings partially and a kitchen market on the banks of Laotola canal in Bosila area of Mohammadpur in the capital. 

DNCC Executive Magistrate Mutakabbir Ahmed conducted the mobile court.

He said that many people grabbed both the banks of the canal with the illegal structures and they were conducting the drive to evict them. 

During the drive, a four-storey residential building and a three-storey market complex named Momtaj Market Complex were demolished partially while the office of inter-districts truck drivers’ union was leveled to the ground

A kitchen market set up by Mohmamadpur Mohila Awami League and more than 21 tin-roofed houses and shops were also bulldozed. 

“We will continue the drive two more days on both sides of the canal,” the magistrate said. 

DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam monitored the activities of the mobile court and said DNCC would restore the two-kilometre canal to connect it with Buriganga River.

“The canal has been grabbed in such way that the existence of the watercourse will soon disappear.  We will restore the canal following measures according to width and length in the map. We have to remove the structures from the canal to get rid of water-logging problem during monsoon," said Atiqul.

He said that DNCC would not issue any previous notice for eviction of illegal grabbers.

Blaming Dhaka WASA and Water Development Board, he said, “The level of pollution of the city canals peaked. The canals have also gone under illegal occupation before its handover to DNCC.”