|Published : 12 Oct 2016, 21:13:36|
Buildings on Dhaka rivers to be torn down
Large buildings encroaching on the rivers and their banks around Dhaka will be demolished within the year, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan has announced.
The shipping ministry began work on a pollution abatement plan for the four rivers around Dhaka, he told a press conference on Wednesday, according to a local news agency.
The minister discussed other development policies undertaken by his ministry and took questions from journalists.
Despite the ministry’s sincere efforts, the removal of the illegal buildings was proving an uphill task, said Shajahan.
“Considering the rate at which people begin occupying the area, the removal of the buildings can be beyond our ability. We are working to fix this.
“By the end of this year we will have demolished most of the larger buildings,” he said.
When asked whether a list of the buildings had been made, the minister said: “I have seen the list. The BIWTA has been tasked with compiling it. Their officials are working on it.”
When asked what the ministry would do to curb re-occupation, Khan said that 20 km of walkways had been created and that plans had been made to extend them by 280 km.
They would take the place of the demolished buildings and prevent re-occupation.
“Walkways have been built from Shyampur to Kanchpur. We have also built walkways in Tongi. Even if occupiers want to build on the river, it will already be occupied by walkways,” he said.—AR