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Illegal ‘sand lifting’ from Dhaleshwari River

Tangail CorrespondentDaily-Bangladesh.com
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Former up chairman named Dewan Suman Ahmed is running illegal sand trade dragging the Dhaleshwari River in Tangail Sadar upazila.

Without government approval, he has been selling sands from two acres of land for a long time. As a result, the bridge, roads and houses on Dhaleshwari River bank area are on the threat.

Sources said, local people complained to the administration several times and but no remedies have been taken. Rather the former chairman has been threatening the complainants.

It is found that, some trucks loaded with sands on the way at Basaiderchar of the Porabari up, coming from the Dhaleshwari River. There is plenty of dust flying in the streets. There are two sand riser are being used to rise sands from the both sides of the road. Another 15-16 trucks, drum trucks and tractors standing in a row as well.

Local people informed that, sands of every truck are sold at Tk700, tractor at Tk400, and drum trucks at Tk2,000.

An old man said that former chairman of Katuli UP, Dewan Suman Ahmed is lifting sands using influence in our locality. Opponents are being beaten also. Due to the extra truck movement, our village roads have become inaccessible too. No response from the administration despite of complains frequently.

Another man said, for several years, Dewan Sumon Ahmed has been sudden wealthy by selling sands from the river. Due to the extra truck movement, our village roads have become inaccessible to walk. The bridge on the river is also on the threat. We hope the authorities’ interfere; so that the sand lifting from the river can be stopped.

Dewan Suman Ahmed, former chairman of Katuli UP, said, "I am not taking sand from river or any place of other people. I am raising sand from my land. We pay more VAT tax and road permit cost than road damage by truck movement. Our VAT tax is used by the government to work for the road. And I started the sand business by managing everything. Without managing all, I could not run sand business for a long time.

Assistant Commissioner of the Sadar (Land) Sukhmoy Sarker said, necessary steps will be taken against sand lifting from the Dhaleshwari River at the Basaiderchar in the UP.

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