Chattogram District Administration on Thursday decided to begin eviction of nearly 2,000 illegal structures on Karnaphuli River on Monday (February 4).
The decision came following a meeting regarding the eviction at the District Administration
Deputy Commissioner of Chattogram Mohammad Elias Hossain confirmed the matter.
Despite the High Court’s order in 2016 to evict the illegal structures, the district administration could not execute the order due to shortage of fund. The encroaching, coupled with sewerage and industrial pollution, has intensified since issuance of the order two years ago.
Almost 800 factories release untreated waste into the Karnaphuli River.
The 1989-90 Hydrographic Survey Chart showed the river’s width at 870 metres at Bridgeghat point, while the 2009-10 chart puts it at 600 metres.
One-third of 1,200-1,400 tonnes of solid and liquid waste from Chattogram city of six million people go to the river through 30 canals every day, as Chittagong Water Supply and Sewerage Authority is yet to set up plants for treating waste.