Update July 6, 2019

Dhaka 2-13 am, 14-August, 2020

Government determined to protect rivers: Home minister

Mirajul Moin Joy

Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Saturday said that the government is determined to protect the rivers from encroachment, reports UNB.

He was speaking at a rally in Kamrangirchar while launching 12 master plans to save rivers including Buriganga, Turag, Balu and Shitalakkhya.

These master plans cover about a 52km stretch from Narayanganj’s Fatullah to Gabtoli.

The plans include installing 40km embankment, 100 RCC stairs, 105 railings, 19 RCS jetties, 38 spots, 10,820 boundary pillars, 36 signboards, six pontoons, three eco-parks and two tourism parks.

Minister Khan said the master plans are aimed at freeing the rivers.

“The banks of Buriganga will be turned into tourist spots that will attract even the foreigners,” he said.

BIWTA chairman M Mahbub Ul Islam presided over the inaugural ceremony.

State minister for shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, parliamentarians Kamrul Islam and Haji Mohammad Salim, among others, were present as special guests.

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