The High Court has ordered the government not to allow any establishments along the rivers Meghna and Dhaleshwari in the next three months. It also asked the government to answer why it should not ordered to demarcate and remove structures alongside the two rivers.
The bench of justices AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury and Sheikh Mohammed Zakir Hossain gave the order upon a petition filed in public interest by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh and Partner in Legal Education and Assistance.
The secretaries to planning, forest and environment, water transport, water resources and land ministries, environment department’s director general and the deputy commissioners of Kishoreganj, Brahmanbaria, Narayanganj and Munshiganj districts have been asked to answer the rule by the next two weeks.
Advocate Manzil Morshed argued for the petitioners at the hearing.
He said, “The Meghna and Dhaleshwari are losing their navigability day by day as a consequence of building illegal structures inside the river area. The environment is also facing grave danger.”