HC orders status quo on earth filling in Meghna
The High Court yesterday ordered maintaining status quo for three months on the earth filling and construction work of Ashuganj Power Station Company Limited in the Meghna river and Sonarampur canal in Ashuganj, Brahmanbaria.
The court also ordered the director general of the Department of Environment, chairman of the National River Protection Commission and deputy commissioner of Brahmanbaria to assess the damage done to the river and the canal by the company.
The officials were asked to submit a report on their assessment to the court in 60 days.
The HC also issued a rule asking the authorities concerned of the government and the Ashuganj Power Station Company Limited to explain why their failure to protect the ecosystem at a part of the Meghna, Sonarampur canal, and the surrounding areas from illegal and arbitrary earth filling and land grabbing should not be declared illegal, unconstitutional and contrary to public interest.
The HC bench of Justice Md Mozibur Rahman Miah and Justice Md Kamrul Hossain Mollah came up with the order and rule after the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association filed a writ petition seeking necessary directives to protect the river and the canal in Ashuganj.
Lawyer Mohammad Ashraf Ali represented the writ petitioner.