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113 illegal structures spotted along banks of five Dhaka rivers

Published : Wednesday, 11 December, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 160

As many as 113 illegal structures have so far been constructed along the banks of Buriganga, Turag, Balu, Shitlakhya and Dhaleswari.
Those structures include 77 mosques, madrasas, orphanages and shrines, five graveyards, one eidgah, 14 schools and colleges, temples and crematory grounds.
The government has decided to relocate the structures under a fresh beautification programme under the Shipping Ministry instead of demolishing them, according to State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowhdury.
While exchanging views on the issue at Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury on Tuesday said they had no plan to demolish the illegal religious structures and educational institutions at this moment.
Rather, the mosques, madrashas and temples will be enlightened and beautify through proper architectural designs by adjusting under a beautification programme. The government will assist to beautify these structures," he said, adding that the matter will be discussed with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Hope, she would agree with the shipping ministry proposal.
Khalid informed that 'a sub-committee' will be formed soon comprising representatives from Home Ministry, Religious Affairs Ministry and Islamic Foundation to decide upon the matter.
He claimed that not only the City Rivers all rivers across the country should have to be protected from encroachment and pollution.
"It would be difficult to protect Bangladesh, if rivers are not protected. We can demolish the religious structures during eviction drive, but we didn't do so considering them as holy places for prayer."
We want everybody's participation in the fight to protect country's rivers from encroachment, pollution and grabbing, he said.
He said the government had a plan to make Buriganga's water clean within next 10 to 12 years.
Among others, Shipping Secretary Abdus Samad, BIWTA Chairman Commodore M Mahbub-ul Islam, Riverine Police DIG Atiqul Islam, Islamic scholar Hafez Abdur Razzaq, Ataullah Hafez and deputy commissioners of Gazipur and Narayanganj districts also spoke on the occasion.

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