Jail Khal cleaning drive started in Barishal city
Cleaning of Jail Khal (canal) started in Barishal city involving the citizens to return and maintain its navigability and free the canal from the clutches of illegal occupants and grabbers for ensuring smooth plying of water transports.
Newly-appointed divisional commissioner of Barishal Ram Chandra Das inaugurated the drive in a program at Nathullabad area of the city on Saturday morning as the chief guest.
Barishal DC Md. Habibur Rahman presided over the program arranged by Barishal district administration where local people spoke. The drive will be continued till its total cleaning.
Habibur Rahman said that the three kilometers long canal earlier was freed from the land grabbers. About five hundred people from different sectors took part in the cleaning the canal this morning at 30 points of the canal.
He said not only Jail Khal but all the 23 canals of the city will be recovered and will be made smooth for plying of river vessels soon.
A proposal in this regards is already under consideration of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC).
Barisal District Administration completed erecting boundary pillars on the banks of Jail Khal (canal) in the city to prevent encroachments and grabbing.
This work started two years ago at Kirtonkhola River point and ended at Nathullabad point. At least two hundred encroachers and grabbers occupied land beyond the canal boundary and the canal lost navigability due filling by pouring rubbish.
Barisal district administration sources said more than one hundred illegal structures including 5 multistoried buildings, hundreds of shops constructed on both sides of the canal were evicted under a special drive.
IHN / AIMD