With a total of 230 illegal structures being knocked down and around 10 acres of land freed, the first phase of the eviction drive to free the Karnaphuli riverbanks from grabbers ended yesterday.
Chattogram District Administration initiated the drive on Monday to demolish illegal structures along the river, following a High Court order.
The structures were dismantled from Majhirghat to Barek Building intersection, a 2km area, in the first phase, said Tahmilur Rahman, assistant commissioner (land) of Patenga, who supervised the demolition.
“We would set up demarcation pillars in the area so that no one can further build any illegal structure,” he said.
He also said Chattogram City Corporation is removing the debris. “We have also informed the local police to monitor the reclaimed land,” he added.
“A meeting would be held on Sunday to decide from when second phase of the eviction drive would start,” the AC (land) said.
The Karnaphuli is vital for the country's economy as the key port lies at the estuary of the river. It is also a crucial part of the under-construction tunnel and outer ring road.