Published: Monday, April 8, 2013

Act now to protect canals

HC gives 7 days for taking steps

The bridge over the Atir canal, connecting Ghatar Char with Looter Char, has been standing on dry land as the 10km-long canal was obliterated by a real estate developer and finally by a local lawmaker's company trying to set up a power grid on the bank of the river Buriganga across Basila. Photo: Sk Enamul Haq

The bridge over the Atir canal, connecting Ghatar Char with Looter Char, has been standing on dry land as the 10km-long canal was obliterated by a real estate developer and finally by a local lawmaker’s company trying to set up a power grid on the bank of the river Buriganga across Basila. Photo: Sk Enamul Haq

The High Court yesterday directed deputy commissioners and superintendents of police of all districts to take effective steps within seven days to protect canals from encroachment.
In response to a writ petition, the court issued a rule upon the government to explain within four weeks as to why it should not be directed to save the canals and recover them from encroachment as per records of Revisional Survey and Bangladesh Survey.
It also asked the government to submit a report to the court within two weeks after complying with the order.
The HC bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice ABM Altaf Hossain came up with the order and rule after hearing the petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh yesterday seeking necessary orders for protecting the canals.
During the hearing, petitioner’s counsel Manzill Murshid told the court that land grabbers were constructing houses and other structures on the land of canals by encroaching on those illegally.