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The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) on Tuesday started the third phase of its eviction drives at Batteryghat in the city’s Kamrangirchar demolishing illegal establishments along the Buriganga River, reports BSS.
The drive started in the area around 10am and continued till 5pm, said BIWTA sources. A total of 30 tin-shed houses and 18 illegal establishments, including four brick kilns, have been bulldozed since the drive began. “The area will be marked after completion of the eviction drive. Walkway will be made and trees will be planted all over the area, so that no one can grab or occupy the land again,” said Mizanur Rahman, additional secretary of BIWTA.

BIWTA officials informed BSS that earlier, in two phases, a total of 1,200 establishments were torn down on the riverbanks, including 107 houses, 121 temporary structures, 80 saw mills, eight factories and 883 tin-shed houses and shacks.