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Remove illegal structures from Karnaphuli

HC directs CPA chief to free the river along port area

The High Court yesterday directed the Chattogram Port Authority (CPA) chairman to immediately take necessary steps to remove illegal structures along the Karnaphuli in the port area.

The HC also asked the chairman to submit a report before it after complying with the directive in 30 days.

The bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal passed the order after hearing a petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB).

Petitioner's lawyer Manzill Murshid told the court that some of the illegal structures were demolished following a 2016 HC directive. But there are other structures along the river that need to be demolished in line with its earlier directive, he said.

In response to a writ petition filed by HRPB, the HC on August 16, 2016 directed the authorities concerned to remove 2,181 illegal structures from the banks of Karnaphuli river.

The HC asked Chattogram deputy commissioner to issue a circular in two local newspapers within seven days, after receiving the full judgement, asking owners of the structures to relocate those.

If the structures are not relocated in 90 days, the authorities concerned will dismantle those, the HC had ruled. Earlier, the DC had submitted a report to the HC saying that 2,181 structures have been illegally built there.

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