State minister for shipping Khalid Mahmud ChowdhuryFile photo

The government has prepared a list of  river encroachers across the country, said State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury on Thursday, reports UNB.

“A list of illegal river occupiers has been prepared and the River Protection Commission is also working in this regard and we are also working to improve navigability of rivers, he said while talking to reporters after attending a a meeting of taskforce on rivers at the secretariat.”

“We are working to protect rivers surrounding Dhaka and construction work walkways and eco parks is underway,” he said.

The government has formed a taskforce and it will work to free the rivers surrounding Dhaka and the Karnaphuli River from illegal occupation, he said.

“We have been able to make people aware about river protection, which is our success and now people are keeping river water clean,” he added.

Already the government has collected 50 dredging machines to ensure navigability of the rivers and many channels have been recovered across the country for the movement of vessels, said Khalid.