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18 April, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 18 April, 2019 02:10:35 AM
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Order on demolishing BGMEA bldg April 25

Staff Reporter, Dhaka
Order on demolishing BGMEA bldg April 25

The order to demolish the building of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) will be issued on April 25, said Housing and Public Works Minister, SM Rezaul Karim, yesterday (Wednesday). The minister made the comments while talking to the media.

“The building will be demolished by using modern technology and not traditional manual methods,” he said. The building will be demolished within one week from April 25 and the area will be completely free of debris within ninety days, said the minister.

“Tenders have been sought from those interested in demolishing the building and an ad in this regard has been published in today’s newspapers.” Twelve years ago, several workers carrying out the demolition of the Rangs Plaza died after parts of the structure collapsed during the work.  

Recalling the incident, Karim said that organisations with expertise in the field of demolition will get priority. Expert consultancy firms abroad have also been contacted to minimise risks. “Gas, power, water, telephone and other utility connections to the building have already been cut. We need to create a safe atmosphere. We have several plans to make the operation safe for all,” said Karim.

A legal notice was served yesterday, asking the BGMEA president, Siddiqur Rahman, to withdraw within three days a petition filed before the Supreme Court, seeking a one-year time for demolishing its building. The building has been illegally constructed at Hatirjheel.

 Supreme Court lawyer, Advocate Manzill Murshid, sent the notice, asking the of BGMEA president to withdraw their petition within three days. Otherwise, a contempt of court petition would be moved against him, the notice said.

Manzill, in his legal notice, said the BGMEA president, on April 2 last year, sought one year’s time after giving an undertaking to the Supreme Court that they would not seek more time from the court for demolishing the BGMEA building.

Following their petition, the Supreme Court, on the same day, gave them a year’s time to shift its offices, and asked the BGMEA to demolish the building after one year. However, the BGMEA president submitted another time petition before the Supreme Court on April 11 this year, seeking a one-year time again, which is a violation of the Supreme Court order, the notice said.

“Your failure to follow up the undertaking shows utter disregard for the apex court order, which is tantamount to contempt of court,” the notice said.

Siddiqur, while talking to reporters, said: “I have never appealed to the court for an extension. But I request the court to take action against those who have filed the petition to extend the time period.”

On Tuesday, Rajuk officials, law enforcement officials and bulldozers appeared before the BGMEA complex, ready to bring the building down. But the authorities could not start the demolition work as the owners of most of the organisations are yet to vacate their assets from the building.

However, Rajuk granted the BGMEA time till Tuesday evening to shift its belongings from its current headquarters at Hatirjheel in the capital. The high-rise in the heart of the capital also houses several financial organisations, including banks.

The BGMEA secured a final extension for their building on April 2 last year, for a year and 10 days.

The apex court’s order was effective from April 12 that year to implement a previous verdict by the Supreme Court that directed the BGMEA to demolish the building.

The building’s foundation was laid in 1998 by then Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and it was opened in 2006 by then Premier Khaleda Zia. The High Court verdict had ordered the government to bulldoze the building within three months, saying it was built on land acquired through forgery and illegally filled with earth.

 

 

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