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Eviction drive continues on Ctg hillocks

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BSS, Chattogram :
Chattogram District Administration continued an eviction drive in the hilly areas of the port city for the third consecutive day today to avoid possible loss of lives from landslides.
A total of 556 unauthorised makeshifts were evicted from the hillocks of Motizarna Pora Pahar (Lalkhan Bazar), Amin Colony, Tankir Pahar, Miar Pahar, Khulsi Pahar, Akbarshah Pahar and its adjoining risky hills in the city since Sunday.
A team, led by Additional Deputy Commissioner Delwar Hossain, conducted the eviction drive in association with the Department of Environment (DoE), members of police and Ansar, and other departments concerned around 1 pm at AK Khan Hill under Akbar Shah Police Station in the city.
The team started eviction of the residents of AK Khan Hill and evicted 25 unauthorised makeshifts from the hillocks of nine risky hills today.
The team also slashed the supply of electricity and water to the houses during the drive to avoid possible loss of lives from landslides during monsoon.
Assistant Commissioners (Land) of four separate circles Abdullah Al Monsure, Sabrina Afrin Mostafa, Sabbir Rahman Sunny and Sharmin Akther were present during the eviction drive on the slopes of nine different risky hills around 11 am.
The district administration along with the DoE officials, WASA representatives, police personnel, representatives of Chattogram City Corporation (CCC), Chattogram Development Authority (CDA), Bangladesh Railway, Fire Service and other departments concerned started the drive around 10 am.
Earlier, the administration evicted 490 families on Sunday while 41 families on Monday from nine hills, including Akbarshah, Jalalabad, Motijorna and Khulshi hills.
The district administration came up with the move aiming to avert possible loss of lives from landslides in monsoon as the soil on the hills become softer and may trigger landslides during the rainy season, posing threat to the lives of the poor people dwelling on risky hill pockets.
After the eviction drive, Delwar Hossain told reporters said despite several notices served from the district administration, the families were still living on the risky hill slopes.

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