A local resident has built a tin-shed on an important canal at Naubhanga village in Kalapara upazila of the district, hampering the normal flow of water.
Khalil Sikder, who says he is an activist of ruling Awami League, built the shop on the canal around three months ago.
During a recent visit to the area, this correspondent saw a tin-shed in the middle of the canal, near a sluice gate. A wooden bridge was also built for going to the shed from the road.
Abu Hanif, a local resident, said Naubhanga canal is a vital source of water for irrigating vegetable fields round the year, adding that most of the villagers cultivate vegetables and depend on the water from the canal.
The shop on the canal hinders normal water flow, he said, adding that more establishments might be set up on the canal.
Khalil said he built the shop on the canal as he does not own any land. “I maintain my family with the income from the shop as I am a landless and helpless man,” he added.
Nilganj Union Assistant Land Officer Syed Towhidur Rahman Emon said the shop is an illegal structure and will be removed soon.
Upazila Assistant Commissioner for Land Robiul Islam said he will take legal steps after visiting the spot and investigating the matter.