The High Court (HC) on Sunday directed the authorities concerned to stop sand lifting from Sheikh Hasina Titas Bridge area at Bancharampur of Brahmanbaria within 48 hours.
The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order. The court also issued a rule asking why the inaction of the authorities in this regard should not be declared illegal.
Road transport and bridges secretary, Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) chief engineer, Deputy Commissioner of Brahmanbaria, Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Bancharampur upazila, Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Bancharampur Police Station and Bancharampur Upazila Engineer have been asked to respond to the rule within four weeks.
Advocate Kumar Debul Dey brought the matter to the court‘s attention by submitting a newspaper report on illegal sand lifting published on December 25.
The report said that a contractor has been illegally lifting sand under the bridge, posing risks to the structure, Kumar said, adding that the court also ordered the authorities concerned to submit a report in this regard within a month.
The Y-shaped bridge, the first of its kind in the country, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on September 16, 2018. It was built at a cost of Tk 99.86 crore.