Over 49,000 river grabbers identified: Minister

Bangla Tribune Desk
Published : 22:34, Jan 23, 2020 | Updated : 23:20, Jan 23, 2020

File Photo shows State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury.State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury told the Parliament that a total of 49,162 grabbers of rivers have been spotted across the country.
“The National River Conservation Commission (NRCC) has prepared the list of 49,162 grabbers of rivers across the country through the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of the 64 districts,” said Khalid.
“The list has been public for the people through uploading on the websites of NRCC and all districts’ web portals,” he said.
His remarks came while he was replying to a tabled question made by treasury bench lawmaker M Abdul Latif on Thursday (Jan 23), reports state news agency BSS.
Noting that eviction of illegal rivers’ grabbers is a continuous process, the state minister said a total of 1027 illegal structures were knocked down and 21.5 acres of riverbanks were recovered in the Dhaka and Naranyanganj river ports through two special eviction drives on Dec 18 and 24 last year.