Post by: Chief News Editor | Published: October 9, 2016 , 10:28 pm | Category: LEAD NEWS
“Rivers will be freed from encroachment — no matter how much powerful and influential the encroachers are,” he told journalists during a field visit to the Buriganga, the Turag and the Balu rivers by the taskforce formed to maintain navigability and prevent pollution of rivers.
The shipping minister, who is the head of the taskforce, talked to journalists at Ashulia landing station. Taskforce member Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain also talked to media.
The taskforce members started their journey by a small launch of BIWTC from Sadarghat at 11 am and talked to journalists during a brief halt at Ashulia landing station at 2:30 pm. Later, they cruised up to Tongi river port.
The shipping minister said the taskforce formed in 2011 has taken different programs to sustain the natural flow and navigability of the rivers and keep those free from encroachment and pollution.
The taskforce is making a field visit as per the decision of its 31st meeting, he said, adding that a number of issues have been noticed during the visit and those would be addressed later.
The shipping minister said the taskforce is working with full vigor and it will continue this in future.
Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain said the government is working to keep the river free of encroachment and the navy is taking care of it.
He said tough actions would be taken as per the law against those who would fill water bodies.
Replying to a question, he said no unapproved housing project would be allowed on the river banks and if there is any such project, it will be evicted.
In reply to another question, he said the height of 13 lower bridges under Dhaka circular waterways will be increased.
NEWS COLLECTED FROM BSS.