24 February 2014 - Two illegal ship-breaking 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 on Monday afternoon 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.
Monirul Islam said the Forest Department had lodged a case against it and then the yard authorities filed a writ petition with the High Court.
A full-bench of the Appellate Division on Oct 6 last year ordered demolition of the ship breaking yards and plantation of trees.
Earlier on Jan 30, it had asked local administration to clear the yards by Feb 27 and submit a report.