bdnews24 – Ship-breaking yards being cleared

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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.