EDITORIAL: Stop demolition of shops in Cox’s Bazar
October 18th, 2020 at 9:28 am
EDITORIAL: Stop demolition of shops in Cox’s Bazar

One must understand and choose a time to do anything in life. We are thus shocked to see that “illegal” shops were demolished in this tourist town sparking fierce battle between the shop owners and police.

In fact, the district administration chose a wrong time to go for such an action and thus we are shocked.

Why wrong? We are still in the midst of COVID-19.

Majority of the people around the world, including in Bangladesh, have been economically shattered. They are struggling to survive. Many are just living hand-to-mouth.

The big hotels and resorts, who have huge capital, are also saying they are financially hard-up and life in Cox’s Bazar is returning slowly. Many rooms stay unoccupied even now and they are waiting for the winter season to come to recoup the losses unless there is a second COVID-19 wave.

If the rich are hard-up, can one think about the fate of those owners and workers involved with the “illegal” shops overlooking the Bay of Bengal? Many have gone hungry for days or lived on charity, burying all shame.

Please give them time to recover their livelihood. Do not force them to go hungry just because of beautifying the sea beach. It was there always and evicted many times, but have returned again and again. How could they do so? Who has allowed them to return and invest their meagre capital.

Thus we strongly feel it is wrong to evict them now and be allowed to do business until the deadly coronavirus is fully under control on humanitarian grounds.