Baishteki-Jayanagar-Baunia canal neglected, residents want permanent solution



Mehedi Hassan Mahim, Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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Mirpur is one of the most important areas of the capital. There are several canals and reservoirs throughout Mirpur. Joynagar, Baishteki and Baunia canals flow through Mirpur-13 and 14. Boats used to ply through these canals but now it is only a memory. Every year the canals are cleaned by the city corporation, but due to the local people throwing garbage, at the end of the day, they again turn into garbage dump.

The residents have expressed their anger saying that the city corporation is negligent in cleaning the canal. During the rainy season, the residents of Jayanagar, Baishteki and Baunia canals have to suffer due to the accumulation of water.

According to city planners, the city corporation must take proper planning in cleaning and saving canals. They say that the garbage lifted from the canal is polluted, it should be kept in a temporary place instead of being kept on the banks of the canal and in the locality. People should be encouraged and held accountable for not throwing garbage in canals and everything should be brought under monitoring.

Jayanagar canal starts from the culvert area of Mirpur-14 and joins with Baishteki and Baunia canals of Mirpur-13. On the other hand, Baishteki canal is connected with Baunia canal through Paris Road of Mirpur-13 and Palashnagar. And Baunia canal starts from Matikata Road and joins Baishteki and Jayanagar canals.

Once upon a time ferry boats used to ply through Jayanagar, Baishteki and Baunia canals. But, over time, the canal has been occupied by buildings. As a result, the width of the canal has started to decrease slowly. Later people started dumping garbage in the canals. The canals have turned into garbage heaps. Even a little rain causes water to rise on the roads and there is no drainage system due to garbage in the canals.

Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) announced the rescue and cleans the canal. After the announcement, Baishteki, Jayanagar canals were cleared of garbage but Baunia canal was not. Water flow has been activated in Baishteki and Jayanagar canals due to the cleaning of canals by the City Corporation. Within a few months of the cleanup, parts of the canals have once again turned into heaps of garbage and garbage. However, Dhaka North City Corporation has already started the work of rescuing and cleaning various canals.

It was found that while some parts of Baishteki, Jayanagar and Baunia canals of Mirpur-13 and 14 were clean, most of them were filled with rubbish. The canals are not wide enough at different places. A huge building has been built along the banks of the canal. The smell of dirty canal water is wafting.

Mostafizur Rahman, a local resident of Mirpur-13 Bhasantek area, told Barta24.com that in 2018, Joynagar, Baishteki and Baunia canals were cleaned well. There was no flooding in the area then. Later, the canals were filled with garbage due to careless neglect. As a result, even a little rain causes flooding in the area. During the monsoon season, there is waist-deep water in the area.

He also said that the city corporation had cleaned the canals a few months ago. But, they left the garbage lifted from the canal in the canal. Due to this, the garbage fell into the canal again. We do not want such nominal canal cleaning by the City Corporation; We want to save the canal directly.

Another resident named Mahfuz said that once ferry boats used to travel through these canals. Now the boat movement is a distant thing; not even water. During the rainy season, water actually rises in our house. We have to live very hard. We cannot live in the stench of dirty canal water. We want a permanent solution by saving this canal.

The president of Bangladesh Institute of Planners (BIP) and city planner Dr. Adil Muhammad Khan told Barta24.com that the city corporation is doing various canal rescue activities. However, even if the corporation rescues or cleans the canal, the waste returns to the canal again. The main reason for this is that the City Corporation leaves the garbage on the bank of the canal. The city corporation should hold those responsible for littering.

He said that the city corporation should encourage people and form communities so that people do not throw garbage. But, this activity of City Corporation is completely absent. Since such initiatives are very limited, those who are responsible for keeping the canals clean do not play much role. Until and unless the ward councilor is held responsible for motivating people and building community, the corporation will not get any good results even if it cleans up again and again. The City Corporation should bring everything under control.

He also said that these canals must be rescued. The City Corporation has to recover all the illegally encroached areas of the canal. If the rescue operation involves the community, it will be sustainable.

DNCC Chief Executive Officer Mir Khairul Alam told Barta24.com that Baishteki, Jayanagar and Baunia canals are under our control. Residents around the canal are regularly throwing garbage in the canal after the City Corporation cleans it. We are urging the residents not to throw garbage in the canal.

In reply to the question that due to the reduction in the width of the canal, the flow of water is being disturbed and what is the way out of it, he said, with the help of the army, we are working to mark the boundary of the canal and delineate the boundary. After recovering we will conduct an evacuation operation. The canals will be developed after the evacuation operation. We are continuing these in phases.

Internet Shutdown in the Country, BTV Fire, Death Toll Rises



BTV set ablaze in deadly protests, death toll rises

BTV set ablaze in deadly protests, death toll rises

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The latest updates on the quota reform movement have become challenging to obtain and share due to restricted or disconnected internet access across the country, including Dhaka. Internet-based calls to Bangladesh from various parts of the world are also impossible. This information has been reported by various international media outlets.

Recent reports indicate that the death toll in the quota movement has reached 18, with six fatalities occurring on Thursday. However, the actual number may be higher, as unverified reports on social media suggest the death toll could be as high as 35. No official confirmation has been provided.

In addition, several international media outlets reported that protesters set fire to the BTV (Bangladesh Television) building on Thursday evening.

Since Thursday evening, there have been reports of an internet shutdown in Dhaka. Before the shutdown, updates on Facebook indicated that protesters had set fire to the BTV building, with images circulating on social media. There were also reports and pictures of a metro train set ablaze.

A post on BTV's official Facebook page stated that several people were trapped inside the building. Initially, it was reported that the fire brigade was not allowed to access the site, but later updates confirmed that firefighters had arrived. BTV's broadcast had already been halted by that time.

Various sources have reported different death tolls. AFP stated that 32 people have died, most of them on Thursday.

Among the dead were at least two journalists, one from Dhaka Times who died in the capital and another killed in an attack in Gazipur. The Gazipur incident has not been confirmed.

Media reports also mentioned that protesters set fire to a police station before targeting the BTV building. The BBC quoted Information Minister Mohammad Ali Arafat, who said that some people were trapped inside the BTV building and were not safe.

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Appeal hearing on quota on Sunday



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
Appeal hearing on quota on Sunday

Appeal hearing on quota on Sunday

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The hearing of the full bench of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on quota will be held next Sunday (July 21).

The special chamber court passed the order on Thursday (July 18) evening.

Earlier, Attorney General AM Amin Uddin said that he will apply to the Appellate Division for a leave to appeal hearing against the High Court verdict on quota.

In the afternoon, Law Minister Anisul Haque said, "The Prime Minister said to take measures to bring forward the hearing of the case which was supposed to be heard on August 7, 2024." I have instructed the Attorney General of Bangladesh to apply to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh next Sunday so that they bring forward the hearing date of the case. 

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The fire has spread in BTV, many people are trapped inside



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
Photo: The fire has spread to BTV

Photo: The fire has spread to BTV

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The fire at the Bangladesh Television (BTV) building in the capital's Rampura is spreading. Many are trapped inside the building.

This was announced by a post on the official Facebook page of Bangladesh Television at 6:39 PM on Thursday (July 18).

The post reads, 'Horrible fire at BTV. Spreading rapidly. Many are trapped inside. In this situation, quick cooperation of fire service is requested.

On Thursday (July 18) around 3 pm, the agitators attacked the office of Bangladesh Television (BTV) and vandalized it extensively. At that time, they brought out the motorcycles in the building and set them on fire.

It has been seen that practically all types of traffic have been stopped in Rampura area. The police box located next to the office of the BTV building was set on fire. At least 15 to 20 motorcycles of the sergeants were burnt. One by one, patrolling teams of law enforcement forces are patrolling through helicopters.

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Freedom fighters cannot bow down to evil forces: Liberation War Minister



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
Photo: Liberation War Minister AKM Mozammel Haque

Photo: Liberation War Minister AKM Mozammel Haque

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Liberation War Minister AKM Mozammel Haque said that there are crores of people who are in favor of the liberation war, they can never bow down to the evil forces, they cannot compromise.

He said this while speaking as the chief guest at a rally organized by Freedom Fighters Workers-Employees-Professionals Coordinating Council on Thursday (July 18).

He said, those who want to fish in muddy water, those who have failed in all movements in the past and BNP Secretary General also said what we could not do now is being done. In other words, they are making an evil plot in front of our young children to oust Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina from power.

Referring to the speech of the freedom fighters, the Minister said, "We submitted weapons under the leadership of Bangabandhu, but we did not submit training, we did not submit consciousness." There are crores of people in favor of the liberation war, they can never bow down to the evil forces, they cannot compromise. In 1971 this evil power was defeated. We will fight again if necessary as we defeated them 53 years ago.

Mentioning that we have no word against the anti-quota movement, he said, "We do not oppose it." Our only demand is that the safety of people's life and property should not be disturbed in the name of movement. The movement was going smoothly and was not hindered. The violence that the Jamaat-Shibir and Chhatra Dal terrorists entered Dhaka University in the dark of night and carried out was not in the hands of those who started the movement.

Stating that the movement has already been looted and passed into the hands of the anti-independence forces, AKM Mozammel Haque said that, the conflict and anarchy for the last three days are because they have left. What we see now.

Referring to the Prime Minister's speech yesterday, the Liberation War Minister said that not only the Bengali nation but the whole world appreciated it. Still, who did this terror, vandalism, arson today.

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