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Case Number: Writ Petition No. 3503 of 2009

Date of filing: 2009/06/03


1.Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB);

2.Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA)


  1. Secretary, Ministry of Planning
  2. Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forest
  3. Secretary, Ministry of Land
  4. Secretary, Ministry of Finance
  5. Secretary, Ministry of LGRD
  6. Secretary, Ministry of Shipping
  7. Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources
  8. Secretary, Ministry of Communication
  9. Chairman, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA)
  10. Director general, Land Records and Survey Directorates
  11. Director General, Department of Environment
  12. Deputy Commissioner, Dhaka
  13. Deputy Commissioner, Narayanganj
  14. Deputy Commissioner, Gazipur
  15. Police Commissioner, Dhaka Metropolitan Police


Dhaka is surrounded by 4 rivers- Buringanga, Turag, Balu and Shitalakkha, which have contributed significantly to the economic development and maintenance of the ecological balance of greater Dhaka. They have all reduced drastically due to illegal encroachment, earth filling and temporary and permanent structural interventions.


Date: 25/06/2009


The High Court directed the respondents to survey the rivers’ area, and declare these 4 rivers as Ecological Critical Area, put up boundary pillars, build walkway and plant trees. The Court also directed the respondents to evacuate all structures, originate a ‘জাতীয়নদীরক্ষাকমিশন’.    


Mr. Justice A. B. M. KhairulHoque
Mr. Justice Md. Momtaz Uddin Ahmed

Area of law

Accountability and Institutional Reform


‘Four River’ case

Relevant statute

Bangladesh Environmental Conservation Act, 1995 (amended 2000 and 2002);

মহানগরী, বিভাগীয় শহর ও জেলা শহরের পউর এলাকাসহ দেশের সকল পউর এলাকার মাঠ, উম্মুক্ত স্থান, উদ্যান এবং প্রাকৃতিক জলধার সংরক্ষণ আইন, ২০০০

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