Demolition of BGMEA building in six months
March 12th, 2017 at 4:40 pm
Demolition of BGMEA building in six months

Dhaka – Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association has been given six months time to demolish its building that was constructed on a lake in Dhaka violation of environmental laws, officials said on Sunday.

The Supreme Court came up with the order after the BGMEA sought three years to demolish it in line with an earlier order.

The three-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order.

BGMEA president Siddiqur Rahman said that his association will move to its own building in line with the court order.

Earlier on March 5, the Supreme Court dismissed a petition seeking review of its judgment upholding an April 2011 High Court order for demolishing the 15-storey BGMEA building constructed on Begunbari Canal on Hatirjheel.

The High Court had ordered the government to demolish the building within three months, saying it was built on land acquired through forgery and filled with earth illegally.

The building’s foundation was laid in 1998 by the then prime minister Sheikh Hasina and it was opened in 2006 by the then premier Khaleda Zia. A petition was filed with the High Court seeking its demolition as it was constructed in violation of the Wetland Act.