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Editorial

Eviction drive in Turag

Given will, other things will follow

ANOTHER spurt of eviction activity in Turag is proving to be cosmetic , typically a case of morning showing the day.Impelled by a High Court order following a news report titled “Turag close to death” in this newspaper ,the three-day  drive to free Turag of some encroachments hit a snag on Tuesday,the  very first day of  its  launching.

The  first thing to note is that by habitual or deliberate default ,eviction  drive is undertaken not   to nip an encroachment or illegal construction in the bud but when it has taken place in a structured ,concretised  manner,making salvage difficult and, unnecessarily, costly.The BIWTA ,local administrations  and local government representatives  are best suited to keep tab on encroachment taking place and preventing it.But their efforts will have to be backed up by a strong government will.

That said,we would emphasise the need  for well-equipped,fail-safe and  sustained eviction  drives.Take  the on-going operation in Turag.The adequacies have been debilitating:Biwta could not mobilize a pontoon with a long reach excavator and a tug boat or a bulldozer to remove concrete walls, pillars  and earth filling within Turag.A serious impediment  was faced in the  low- height bridges across the river in terms of movement of tugboats,a problem that needs to be addressed from a broader navigability point of view.

We need not emphasise the fact too much that failed records of eviction drives can only proliferate the culture of impunity which is already causing havoc with the rivers.

Published: 12:00 am Saturday, August 30, 2014

TAGS: Turag river Turag eviction drive

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