At least 836 acres of illegally occupied forest land have been recovered so far, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Affairs ministry said at a standing committee meeting today.
The meeting of the parliamentary watchdog on Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ministry was held at Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban with ruling Awami League MP and chief of the committee Saber Hossain Chowdhury in the chair.
Earlier in a meeting of the committee held in February, it was said that a total of 1,60,566 people had been occupying over 2.56 lakh acres of forest land across the country. Houses, industrial factories and other establishments were built on the occupied forest land.
Bangladesh has a total of 46.47 lakh acres of forest land in the country. At least 68,215 individuals and organisations have occupied 1.38 lakh acres of reserved forest land, according to statistics placed to the JS body.
The parliamentary committee in its last meeting in February had recommended that the ministry take all-out measure to evict grabbers from illegally occupying forest land.
The meeting recommended that the responsibilities assigned to the concerned officials of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change and lawyers be fulfilled with more accountability and responsibility for the interest of the country.
Minister of Forest and Climate Change Shahab Uddin, Deputy Minister Habibun Nahar, members of the committee–Nazim Uddin Ahmed, Tanvir Shakil Joy, Zafar Alam, Rezaul Karim, Khodeja Nasrin Akhter Hossain and Shaheen Chakladar took part in the meeting.