Rajuk evicts shanties on Gulshan-Banani Lake
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) evicted around 60 makeshift slum structures erected along the west bank of Gulshan-Banani Lake yesterday to reclaim the lake from illegal occupancy.
Rajuk conducted the day-long eviction in continuation of an ongoing drive, said Nurul Islam, executive engineer of Rajuk, who coordinated the drive.
During the last drive on February 6, they evicted squatter settlement on the lakeside along the boundary wall of water development board to free the lake from occupancy of poor encroachers.
Responding to public criticism that Rajuk is driving out only the poor homeless from the lake area while sparing the influential grabbers, Nurul said he is carrying out the eviction drive as per the lake's layout plan prepared by Rajuk's town planning section.
Rajuk Executive Magistrate Rokon-ud-Dowla led the drive backed by local police.
The drive is to resume on February 19 to evict illegal settlements encroaching the Baridhara section of the lake.