Chittagong City Corporation (CHSIC) has conducted more than 40 small and large eviction operations in the last two months to clear the city’s roads and footpaths of illegal squatters. More than two thousand hawkers and establishments were evicted in these operations. However, except for five-six spots among the evacuated areas, the rest have returned to their previous status. That is, most of the evicted places have been taken over again by hawkers and traders. In this situation, Chasik sought the cooperation of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) to prevent reoccupation of the vacated area. Chief Executive Officer of Chasik Mohammad Shahidul Alam has written to CMP Commissioner Krishna Pad Roy in this regard yesterday. It is requested to take necessary measures through the local police station to prevent re-occupation after eviction.
In the letter given to the CMP Commissioner, it is said, ‘The City Mayor is continuing the program to make the Chittagong city beautiful, livable and safe by removing the hawkers and structures occupying the sidewalks and roads and making the traffic smooth and smooth. CMP has been providing necessary assistance by deploying police force in the evacuation work. But after the eviction mostly illegal hawkers and traders are taking over the sidewalks and streets again. As a result, the ongoing eviction process is not getting any benefit. Therefore, if necessary instructions are given to the officers in charge of the police stations of the city to prevent the reoccupation of the eviction roads and footpaths, the ongoing eviction process will be beneficial. The city dwellers will also get relief.’
Chasik’s Acting Chief Cleaning Officer Muhammad Abul Hashem confirmed to Dainik Azadi that the letter was sent to the CMP Commissioner. He said, in the last one and a half to two months, we conducted more than 40 evacuation operations. Of these there were 20 major campaigns. Except six-seven spots where we conducted the raid, the rest have been occupied again. As a result, the objective for which we conducted the campaign is not being fulfilled. That is, pedestrians are not able to move smoothly.
Muhammad Abul Hashem said that the reoccupation is being done under the umbrella of local influential, businessmen and in many cases people related to politics, but the evicted areas will not be reoccupied if a little monitoring is done by the police station under the jurisdiction of the police station. As an example, I can say the illegal market of Bayezid Thana Road. There was a large market that had been set up illegally. We clear the market. After that, due to the strong position of the Bayezid Thana police, the market did not sit anymore. If steps are taken by other police stations, it is possible to prevent repossession.
It is known that Chasik intensified the eviction process from last August. Almost daily operations are being conducted through mobile courts. A special team called ‘Striking Force’ of 21 members was formed to prevent re-occupation. The team started working at the field level from August 17. However, it is not possible to prevent repossession.
Last on September 28, illegal shops on both sides of the road on Ambagan Road, Angizen Mor, Bangabandhu Avenue Angizen-Quaish junction road up to Nayahat and hundreds of illegally built shops occupying the road in Depot Bazaar area of Atura were evicted. Earlier on September 27, more than two hundred shops and establishments were evacuated from the section of DT Road from Alankar Mor to Colonelhat. However, the occupiers returned within a few hours of the raid.
Earlier on September 25, Jamalkhan Road, Momin Road, Andarkilla, Sirajuddaula Road Dewan Bazar, Sub-Area, Didar Market, Chandanpura, Parade Corner, Telipatti Road, Chowkbazar Oli Khan Mosque Mor, Gulzar Mor, Amarchand Road, Chowkbazar Kachabazar and Dhonipool area. The campaign was conducted. In the same area last September 3 raid was also conducted. Most of these areas have been recaptured.
In the Sub Area area yesterday, some traders were seen keeping their goods on the pavement as well as on the road. Apart from this, in Chawkbazar Dhonirpool area, which has been raided for several rounds, a market was seen illegally occupied on the road yesterday afternoon. The same picture was in the section of Chowkbazar KB Aman Ali Road up to Phultala.
Similarly, Kazi Deuri, Noor Ahmad Road, S.S. Khaled Road, Dewanhat Junction to Badamtali Junction on Sheikh Mujib Road, various points on PC Road and Enges Road, Agrabad CDA Market area, Aman Bazar, Mazhirghat and Bangla Bazar Roads, Bahaddarhat to Muradpur on Asian Highway and The evictions have also been repossessed from Gate No. 2 to GEC intersection.
In the last two months, three separate operations were conducted in Bahadarhat area. Yesterday, there was no sign of the evacuation operation. When entering Bahaddarhat Hawk Market, hawkers are seen on both sides. There was no place to walk.
Source: দৈনিক আজাদী by dainikazadi.net.
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