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Case Number: Writ Petition No. 8936 of 2014

Date of filing: 2014/09/16


Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA)


  1. Secretary, Ministry of Land
  2. Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forest
  3. Secretary, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock
  4. Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources
  5. Secretary, Ministry of LGRD and Co-operative Division
  6. Chairman, National River Protection Commission
  7. Director General, Department of Environment
  8. Director General, Bangladesh Water Development Board
  9. Deputy Commissioner, Patuakhali
  10. Director, Department of Environment, Barisal Division
  11. UpazillaNirbahi Officer, KalaparaUpazilla, Patuakhali
  12. Assistant Commissioner (Land), KalaparaUpazilla, Patuakhali


“Khapravanga Dona River” has served as a safe harbour for fishermen who can easily take shelter in Mahipur and Alipur fishing ports of Patuakhali during natural calamities. The local people of Latachapli union of Kalaparaupazilla mostly depend on fishing in the river which is their sole source of earning. Some unscrupulous individuals and groups have encroached on both sides of river inflicting serious impact on the ecosystem of the river, its navigability, riverbed areas, local inhabitants and the livelihood of the people.


Date: 18/09/2014


The High Court Division on 18.09.2014 issued a Rule Nisi to show cause as to why the respondents should not be directed to prevent and remove all illegal encroachment and establishments on “Khapravanga Doan River” and why they should not be directed to prepare a comprehensive list of encroachment and illegal possessors and to free the river from illegal encroachment through evection by way of proper demarcation. 


Mr. Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury
Mr. Justice Md. Ashraful Kamal

Area of law

Accountability and Institutional Reform


Khapravanga Doan River case

Relevant statute

Constitution, Articles 18A, 31, 32,  42 and 102;

Bangladesh Environment Conservation Act, 1995 (Act No. 1 of 1995);

Environment Conservation Rules, 1997;

Bangladesh Water Development Board Act, 2000;

Bangladesh Water Act, 2013;

জাতীয় নদী রক্ষা কমিশন আইন, ২০১৩;

Land Management Manual, 1990

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