December 17, 2009

4 rivers declared ecologically critical

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) on December 15 declared the four rivers and its foreshores, adjacent to the capital, ecologically critical to save the rivers from encroachers and pollution.
They banned dumping sewage from home, industries and other institutions, setting up industries which pollute soil, water, air and sound and any work which can change the natural character of rivers Buriganga, Turag, Shitalakhya and Balu.

They also banned activities and hunting that destroy habitation of fish and other aquatic animals.
According to the Port Act 1908 and Port Rules 1966, setting up any unapproved structures, digging soil or sand, filling through soil and sand or waste are punishable offences.
To keep up the navigability of the rivers and to keep the rivers and its foreshores free from encroachers, BIWTA requested everyone to refrain from setting up illegal structures and lifting sands on the bank of the four rivers.
BIWTA also warned the persons who set up illegal structures there and asked them to shift the structures immediately, otherwise they will take action.
According to survey report by Dhaka, Narayanganj, Gazipur and Munshiganj district administration, over 8000 land grabbers occupied areas of the four rivers building various structures.
The districts prepared the reports on river demarcation as per the Cadastral Survey (CS 1910-1913) and submitted them to the High Court (HC) recently.

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