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BGMEA seeks another year to demolish building

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BGMEA seeks another year to demolish building

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has filed an application before the Supreme Court, seeking another year for relocating its office, constructed at Dhaka's Hatirjheel in violation of environmental laws.

 On March 5, the BGMEA authorities submitted the application before the related branch of the apex court, sources said.  

On October 8 last year, the Supreme Court gave the BGMEA seven more months to demolish its office. A five-member apex court bench, headed by Chief Justice in-charge Abdul Wahhab Miah, passed the order.

The court said: “You are being given time for seven months as the last chance.”

On August 23 last year, the BGMEA had filed a petition before the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, seeking one year's time for relocating its office.

The 16-storey building was constructed in the Hatirjheel area in 2006. The headquarters, popularly called BGMEA Bhaban, was built in a prime location in violation of the Wetlands Protection Act.

On March 5 last year, the apex court dismissed a petition filed by the association, seeking review of the demolition order by the High Court.

On a petition seeking time to relocate its building, the SC, on March 12 of the same year, gave the association six months' time to demolish the building.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina laid the foundation stone of the BGMEA building in 1998. Construction of the building was completed in eight years. The then Prime Minister, Khaleda Zia, opened the building in 2006.

In October 2010, the High Court issued a rule, asking why the building should not be demolished, after a lawyer presented a report carried by an English language daily on the building.

In 2011, the High Court ordered demolition of the building as it was constructed in violation of environmental laws.

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