The High Court has asked the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) to settle within 15 days all 62 complaints against its erection of Turag's boundary pillars on private lands.
After hearing a petition filed by 62 families having lands beside the riverbanks, the bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mustafijur Rahman passed the order today.
Advocate Fahad Mahmud stood for the petitioners while Advocate Monjil Morshed was present in the court on behalf of the Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.
After hearing a petition by the human rights organisation in 2009, the High Court directed the BIWTA to determine the boundaries of the Turag River based on the Cadastral Survey (CS) and the Revisional Survey (RS) map.
Complying with the court order, the BIWTA began putting up boundary pillars on the banks of the Turag.
But on November 27 last year, 62 local families appealed to the BIWTA protesting the government body's building of boundary pillars on their lands.
They claimed the pillars were wrongly constructed outside the CS and RS maps at Barodeshi Mouza in Savar.
However, the BIWTA took no step to resolve those allegations.
As a result, all the applicants filed a petition with the High Court on January 20 last, demanding an injunction to the erection of "erroneous" boundary pillars on their lands.