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Residents evicted from Ctg hillocks

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Chattogram district administration yesterday started eviction of residents of 490 unauthorized makeshift houses from thehillocks in the city. The eviction team also snapped the supply of electricity and water to the houses during the drive that started around 11am.

Four assistant commissioners (land) of four separate circles, Abdullah Al Monsure of Sadar circle, Sabrina Afrin Mostafa of Bakalia circle, Sabbir Rahman Sunny of Chandgaon circle and Sharmin Akther of Agrabad circle led theeviction drive in the slopes of nine different risky hills.

The district administration along with the Department of Environment (DoE), WASA representatives, police personnel, representatives of Chattogram city corporation, Chattogram Development Authority, Bangladesh Railway, fire service and electricity departments and other departments concerned started the drive around 10 am, Abdullah Al Monsure said.

They evicted 490 families from nine hills including Akbarshah, Jalalabad, Motijorna and Khulshi hills. Residents of illegal dwellers alleged that the administration started the eviction drive this morning without issuing any notice.

However, Sabrina Afrin Mostafa, AC land of Bakalia circle, told journalists that they asked people to leave the area using loudspeaker yesterday.

The district administration came up with the move in order to avert possible loss of lives from landslides in the upcoming monsoon as the soil on 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.

-BSS

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