25 February 2014

Shipbreaking yards being cleared in Chittagong:

Two illegal shipbreaking yards, causing considerable damage to coastal forests at Sitakunda Upazila in Chittagong, are finally being cleared.

Assistant Commissioner (Land) Abdullah Al Mamun said they had begun evicting SK Steel and SK Ship Breaker Monday in keeping with a court order.

Chittagong Coastal Forest Department official RSM Monirul Islam said it might take a day or two to complete the drive.

Owner of the yards Md Nazim Uddin had established them on 14 acres of land at Modhyam Sonaichharhi of the Upazila by cutting down 15,000 trees in 2009, according to a news agency.

Source: the financial express. 24 February 2014

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