Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) on Thursday conducted a drive to recover a water body, located under Kuril flyover in the capital, which was leased out by Bangladesh Railway to a private company.
During the drive, a billboard was demolished, which the executive magistrate said was built without the permission of the city corporation.
On information that Millennium Holding Ltd was constructing a five-star hotel and shopping mall on the water body beside Kuril rail line, DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam along with DNCC Executive Magistrate Md Mizanur Rahman went to the spot in the morning.
DNCC 17 no. ward councillor MdIshaq Mia and his supporters were present there and chanting slogans for removing the under-construction structure from the water body and demanding a park.
Reaching the spot, Mayor Atiqul came to know that Bangladesh Railway has leased out the 1.48 acres land to the company.
Then, Mayor Atiqul called Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan and Director-General of Bangladesh Railway Dhirendra Nath Mazumder to know the reason for leasing the water body.
Both of them told the mayor that they did not know the land was low-lying and useful for rainwater drainage.
Talking to journalists, Mayor Atiqul said, “Violating the order of the Prime Minister that any water body could not be filled up, Bangladesh Railway has leased out the water body for building a five-star hotel. The water body is near Airport and it is vital for drainage of rainwater from Niketon and the Airport road area. If the hotel is built, the airport will submerge with clogged rainwater.”
“It is a crime to lease out the land. The field level officers gave the wrong information to high-ups and they have done the crime. I will see how and who is behind the mechanism of leasing the six bigha land in this way,” he also said.
Mayor Atiqul requested other bodies of the government not to lease out the water body for filling up and building any structure.