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Turag Encroachment

Eviction drive lacks strength

Staff Correspondent
Armed with just six sledge hammers and a blow torch, the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha sent in only 10 labourers to tear down this gigantic under-construction factory illegally built on the floodplains of the Turag river in Tongi.Photo: Anisur Rahman
Armed with just six sledge hammers and a blow torch, the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha sent in only 10 labourers to tear down this gigantic under-construction factory illegally built on the floodplains of the Turag river in Tongi.Photo: Anisur Rahman

The Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) yesterday staged a rather ridiculous eviction drive with 10 labourers to knock down only 80 square feet brick wall of a 9,292 square metres spinning mills being built on the flood flow zone of the Turag river.
Led by an executive magistrate, the eviction team arrived at the site in Bhadam of Tongi at 1:00pm.
The workers, who had only six hammers, were only able to make a hole on the wall of the proposed Lamichha Spinning Mills. They also cut a 20-foot long iron rod laid on the ground.
It took them till 4:00pm, when they ended the drive upon an undertaking that the factory owner will demolish the structure.

 A worker cutting a steel frame with a blow torch yesterday. Photo: Anisur Rahman
A worker cutting a steel frame with a blow torch yesterday. Photo: Anisur Rahman

Parvez Khadem, officer concerned of Rajuk, said the owner had no approval for building the structure.
About the drive, he said, “We did not have adequate technical support today. We did not have required equipment and manpower to do the job but we started it and we will do it on a full scale later.”
 Kamrul Hasan, a deputy town planner of Rajuk, said the site was designated as flood flow zone in Dhaka's master plan and no structure could be built there.   
Asked to comment about the drive, he said, “We did not come with a big objective, as we can draw only Tk 30,000 at a time for an eviction drive. A bigger budget to undertake a bigger drive than this requires approval from the authority.”  
Anwarul Islam Ferdous, a director of Anotex Group which owns the proposed spinning mills, said they started setting up the factory after taking approval from Tongi municipality and permission from the Inland Water Transport Authority to use the river foreshore.
Rajuk Executive Magistrate AKM Maruf Hasan, who led the drive, said the municipality had no authority to give such approval as per a cabinet decision after Rana Plaza collapse last year.
Moreover, it is a designated flood flow zone, where the character of land is not alterable.

 

Published: 12:01 am Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Last modified: 8:42 pm Tuesday, March 11, 2014

TAGS: Turag Encroachment Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) Bhadam of Tongi Rajuk Executive Magistrate AKM Maruf Hasan

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