State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury has said 90 percent river banks along the Dhaka city and its adjacent areas have been freed from illegal encroachment.
The Minister came up with the information while visiting the Buriganga and Turag river banks project on Monday.
“Work on stretching boundary pillar, solid wall and walkway is going on. The work of the river banks will be completed by 2023-2024,” he said.
“We've faced many challenges during the drive against illegal encroachment but we overcame them with the support of the Prime Minister. Besides, the Shipping Ministry has a rigid stance on keeping the river banks of the city free from occupiers,” he said.
The government has taken a tree plantation programme in a bid to build ‘green wall’ on the river banks, said Khalid.
Besides, a master plan was approved for protecting the river, making it free from land grabbers, pollution and for the development of the environment and once implemented, river vessels can be operated through Dhaka, he said.