This under construction base meant for landing of heavy equipment for Ashuganj Power Station Company Ltd will now be reduced by 20 feet towards the bank of the Meghna River to ensure smooth navigability of the important waterway. PHOTO: STAR
The High Court today directed police to take appropriate legal actions against those responsible for earth filling and constructing jetties on the river Meghna in Ashuganj of Brahmanbaria.
In response to a writ petition, the court ordered the government to remove in seven days the construction materials taken there for establishing the jetties and also asked to take initiatives so that none can occupy and fill up the river at the area.
The government has been asked to submit a report before the court in four weeks after complying with the order.
The HC also issued a rule upon the government to explain in two weeks why construction of jetties on the river and the encroachment should not be declared illegal.
An HC bench of Justice Salma Masud Chowdhury and Justice Md Habibul Gani came up with the order and rule following the writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) on February 11 seeking necessary directives in this regard.
Manzill Murshid, the petitioners’ council, told the court that local Awami League and BNP leaders have been reportedly occupied the land of river Meghna and trying to establish jetties.
Citing a Supreme Court rule, which said that no one can establish jetties on any river of the country and can occupy the land of river, Murshid alleged that the Ashuganj administration has not taken any action against the encroachment of the river and construction of jetties.