Sand trading or river grabbing?

Govt launches drive to protect Turag, locals sceptic
Sand trading or river grabbingIn a drive against river grabbing often under the cover of sand trading, the Dhaka district administration yesterday removed heaps of sand from the foreshore of the Turag river, but did not arrest or fine anyone.
Administration officials, who conducted the drive at Sinnirtek in the capital’s Mirpur, said they did not find the grabbers. But this correspondent found on the spot four people who admitted doing sand trade there.
All the four men claimed they were lawful owners of the foreshore, and alleged

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BIWTA takes down illegal building, walls

Reclaiming Turag River
BIWTA takes down illegal building, walls
A Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) team in a drive yesterday knocked down a building and six boundary walls and
detained nine workers from seven dredgers and a sand carrying vessel in the Turag river.
Dhaka district Magistrate Abu Sayeed of the team also seized six sections of

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Fresh survey to thwart Turag encroachment

The administrations of four districts in and around the capital have taken up a fresh survey to finalize the boundary lines on the banks of the Turag by January 15 to thwart any encroachment bid.  Setting up of boundary pillars was stopped by the district administrations concerned when the river shrunk after the rainy season. Sources told The Independent that a section of corrupt land officials, in  league with

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Fresh grabbing narrows Turag

Wrongly Set-up Pillars
Fresh grabbing narrows Turag
Land grabbers have occupied a large portion of the Turag river after the Gazipur district administration “wrongly” put up boundary pillars along the dry-season waterline, excluding much of the river land.
Since the pillars were set up nine months ago, river grabbers in their dozens have been filling up the river bed and the foreshores on both sides along Tongi-Ashulia road, thus reducing the river into a canal.
The foreshore, an integral part of a river, is the soil between the low-water

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Shady realtors choke Turag

DoE finds 4 companies responsible for earth filling in the river
Neither the local administration nor the relevant authorities stopped the massive destruction of the river Turag, its foreshores and adjoining wetlands with mindless earth-filling by a number of private housing companies to develop plots choking the river almost by half at Goran Chat Bari in Mirpur.
An enforcement team of Department of Environment (DoE) during a drive at the site spotted the nuisance committed by at least four illegal private housing projects, including Star Housing beside Dhaka embankment

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Lakhs raise hands in prayers

Lakhs of devotees from home and abroad raised their hands in prayers seeking divine blessings as the three-day second phase of the Biswa Ijtema, one of the largest congregations of the Muslims, ended with the Akheri Munajat (concluding prayers) yesterday.
The massive gathering of devotees who joined the munajat spilled over to areas around the

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Akheri Munajat today

Second phase of Biswa Ijtema begins Jan 28
The first phase of Biswa Ijtema, one of the largest congregations of the Muslims, ends today with Akheri Munajat (concluding prayers) on the bank of Turag in Tongi.
Eminent Islamic scholar Moulana Jobayerul Hasan of India will lead the concluding prayers starting around 11:00am

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