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Lautala canal freed from illegal structures

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 26 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Lautala canal freed from illegal structures
An excavator is digging Lautala canal in Mohammadpur area of the capital after Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) reclaims it from illegal occupation. The photo was taken on Tuesday. —Kamrul Islam Ratan

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A 500 metre stretch with 60 feet width of the Lautala canal beside Basila-Mohammadpur road in the capital is getting back its original look .

A mobile court of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) led by Executive Magistrate Mutakabbir Ahmed on Tuesday in a drive demolished all the illegal structures on the canal and connected it to Ramchandrapur canal through re-excavation.

Locals said some grabbers filled the 500 metre stretch of the canal in 2017 and set up a truck stand. Besides, some residential buildings and a four-storey market were constructed filling earth on the canal.

 DNCC workers have completed the excavation work of the part of the canal from the Box culvert under Basila- Mohammad road to the Ramchandrapur canal on Tuesday. Excavation work  started on Sunday.

However, the other branch of the canal which is   2.5 kilomtere long and emanates from the box culvert under the road is yet to be recovered as there is huge number of illegal structures on it.

Local Government Rural Development and Cooperatives (LGRD) Minister Tazul Islam and DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam visited the canal and vowed to reclaim the other canals which are still under the occupation of grabbers.

The LGRD minister said, “I have visited canal to show that the government has full support on such kind of activities of the mayors of Dhaka city. We want to reclaim all canals and develop themwith modern features.”

“Still, there is the existence of 53 canals in Dhaka. We will recover all the canals.  We will turn those canals into a circular communication network and an entertainment hub,” he also said.

He also said  the government planning to  hand over the canals to two Dhaka    city corporations. The canals are now   under the Water Development Board and Department of Public Works.

He said a section of people grabbed both the banks of the canal by buildng  illegal structures and that they were conducting the drive to oust them.

Mayor Atiqul Islam said, “As per Cadastral survey, we will recover the 60 feet width canal and take additional 20 feet as banks. We have a plan to make walkway there.”

He also said DNCC is working for identifying the boundary of rivers.  Bangladesh Army was appointed as the consultant of the work, he added.

“Meanwhile, we have taken a project to develop the canal. We want to develop modern facilities in the canal including walkway, amphitheater,” Atiqul said.