DHAKA- Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain today described "Maryam Tower" as a "venomous tumour" for Gulshan Lake and said that the building should be demolished after getting the court verdict.
"The building constructed over a plot allocated during the BNP rule is a venomous tumour for Gulshan Lake. A case has been pending with a court in this connection ... it (tower) should be demolished after getting the court order," he said.
The minister was talking to reporters during the joint eviction drive of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Rajdhani Unnayan Kartipakkha (RAJUK) on Shahjadpur-Baridhara Link Road against illegal occupants.
DNCC mayor Annisul Haq, AKM Rahmatullah, MP, and RAJUK chairman M Bazlul Karim Chowdhury were present during the drive.
Engineer Modharraf said subsequent governments after 1975 allocated plots for party people or family members by filling up the Gulshan Lake. But the Awami League government after assuming office in in 1996 took initiatives for recovering the land of lake from encroachers, he said.
During the drive, illegal structures were evicted from Shahjadpur to Mariyam Tower.
Lands over 700 feet long and 50 feet width were recovered from illegal occupants in the area, and walkway would be constructed on the recovered land by next three months.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)