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Published : Saturday, 18 May, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 44
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GAZIPUR, May 12: The grabbers again are grabbing lands despite the illegal structures demolished a few days back on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway by the district police.
They demolished the unauthorised structures on footpath and highway.  Despite the demolition, the grabbers are occupying the lands again.
According to local sources, the length of Joydebpur to Mymensingh highway is 60km. Of it, 30km lies in Gazipur.
The government upgraded the road to four lines considering reduction of the woes of the people in communication in 2016.
Due to the dense population in the industrial area, for last few years, by the initiative of the local people, bazaars are being set up occupying both sides of the roads at Joina Bazaar, Nayanpur Bazaar, MC Bazaar and Maona Chowrasta, Gargaria Masterbari, Bhabanipur and Bagher Bazaar.
The illegal bazaars occupy the four lanes; as a result, the dwellers face grid-locking traffic and woes in commuting on the four lane highway.
People also suffer woes in walking on the footbath since the vendors occupy those as well.
Enamul Haque, a driver of Alam Asia Paribahan said the highway got widened, but people cannot use it due to indiscipline on the road.
Bazaars on the highway hinder the movement of the transports. It causes traffic on the highway, he also said.
Teacher Siddikur Rahman of Telihati School said local vendors occupy the highway by setting up makeshift market from morning till late night at Joina Bazaar.
He said that the occupant bazaars shrunk the highway from four lanes to two lanes. The footpath also lost its existence.
He also said that they commute on the highway taking risk. The administration should take steps to remove the bazaars.
Young social activist Jamal Uddin of Kewa Paschim Khanda area said that Maona Chowrasta is an important road in the district. The government had built flyover for easing the communication of the local people. He alleged that vendors with mobile market also occupy the flyover.
He also said that illegal bazaars sit on the footpaths of the Chowrasta. Local people face setback in communication for the bazaar.
Trader Humayun Khalid of Maona Chowrasta area said due to occupying of the road, the woes of the people has not decreased.
Occupying the road, parking of illegal transports, and driving wrong way has become everyday scenario, he further said.
It takes thirty minutes to cross the way of four minutes. He also alleged that the presence of police is hardly seen.
President of Maona Chowrasta Banik Samity Alhaz Ashraful Islam Ratan said that the administration had promised to build a green and clean Gazipur.
He said they had a dream of having the green and clean city but it has not turned into reality yet.  
If the government takes initiative to make roads safer again, the general people will find safety and woes of people would also reduce, he said.
Lessee Abul Hashem of Joina Bazaar said their bazaars are not illegal structures as they set up these with the permission from the government for a year.
He also said they received directive by the government to not to set up bazaar on the highway. He further said that bazaars sometimes cross the highway. At that moment, they have nothing to do.
Superintendent of Gazipur Highway Police Shafiqul Islam said the bazaars on the highway are the reasons for uncontrolled traffic. Besides, these are also security threat.
He said that they sent notice to the traders several times.
He further said the Local Government Engineering Department had leased few lands, and that is the reason why the traders bring the issue of lease repeatedly.
He further said that they have sent application to cancel the lease of the bazaars on the highway to the authority concerned.
Superintendent of Police (ASP) of the district Shamsunnahar said no illegal structures would be allowed on the footpath and on the highway.
She further said they'll take initiative by the district police to make the roads safer. The roads will be freed soon, she said.
Deputy Commissioner of the district Dr Dewan Md Humayun Kabir said that there is little scope of bazaars to occupy the highway as the authority doesn't give permission.
Only the approved structures can sit on the highway. Apart from these, if anyone else gives sub-lease of the bazaar to others, actions will be taken against them.

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