62 houses on the hillocks evicted
Chattogram District Adminis-tration in the backdrop of heavy shower on Wednesday started eviction of the residents of 62 unauthorized makeshift houses on the hillocks and risky places in the city. The eviction team also slashed the supply of electricity and water to the houses during the drive.
Assistant Commissioner (Land), Sadar circle, Abdullah Al Monsure led the eviction drive in the slopes of different risky hills including Motijhorna area of Lalkhan Bazar in the city around 11 am.
Executive magistrate of Chattogram District Administration Sabbir Rahman Sunny, WASA representatives, police personnel, representatives of Chattogram City Corporation, Chattogram Development Authority, Bangladesh Railway, Fire Service and electricity departments were present during the eviction drive.
The district administration came up with the move in order to avert possible loss of lives from landslides in the monsoon as the soil on the hills become softer and may trigger a landslide, posing threat to the lives of the poor people dwelling on those risky hills pockets during the rainy season.
Abdullah Al Monsure, after the eviction drive, told journalists that despite several notices served from the district administration, the families were still living in the hills in a very dangerous state. Monsure said the authorities would gradually evict all families living in different risky hills in the city.
Meanwhile, a high profile team of district administration, Chattogram Development Authority, Bangladesh Railway and Chattogram City Corporation led by its Additional Deputy Commissioner (revenue) Delwar Hossain, visited the different areas.