Editorial

Encroachers eat up Karnaphuli land

Take stern action against the grabbers


Bangladeshpost
Published : 31 Aug 2021 07:56 PM | Updated : 31 Aug 2021 11:57 PM

It is disheartening to note that despite the strict directives of the High Court (HC), the illegal structures and establishments around the Karnaphuli River have not yet been evicted. Grabbers have occupied the areas around the river building industries, factories, resorts, residential homes, and educational institutions. However, it is good to note that the government will start eviction activities very soon in order to free the Karnaphuli River from grabbers. 

While launching the eviction drive, government might confront with some influential local people and industrialists. These grabbers come up with stay orders from courts whenever previously eviction drive was launched. Hence, the government needs to make a comprehensive work plan which will define how it can take stern action against the grabbers. 


The government should 

start the eviction drive as 

soon as possible


After recovering these areas, government should make sure that they carefully move forward with the handover process of these river areas to any government or private organizations in the name of development activities. This is because in the name of development some private organizations or even government organizations can occupy these lands and start doing what the encroachers are doing.  Therefore, officials should not handover these lands to anyone unless the premiere herself asks them to do so.

The government should start the eviction drive as soon as possible and remove all the illegal structures that narrow the river bend. Furthermore, they must re-excavate the riverbank to broaden the channel as well.