The government has decided in principle to allocate 5.5 bighas of land at Uttara in the capital Dhaka to the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association to construct its (BGMEA) new office building.
The government’s move came after the Appellate Division on Sunday ordered the demolition of the BGMEA Bhaban, illegally built encroaching upon the Hatirjheel Lake in the capital, in six months.
The BGMEA is going to form at least five committees to oversee the separate phases of construction of its new building at Uttara as the government is set to allocate land in the area within a short time.
‘We are going to construct our headquarters at Uttara in the city as the government has confirmed that it would give us land in the area and hopefully we will obtain the registration of the land from the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha within a very short period of time,’ BGMEA vice-president Mahmud Hasan Khan Babu told reporters on Monday.
He said that the trade body would form separate committees all headed by BGMEA president Md Siddiqur Rahman to coordinate the relocation activities including development of new drawing and design, approval of new building and monitoring of the construction site.
Mahmud said that the BGMEA would relocate its headquarters to the new building at Uttara within the six months.
Following the rejection of the BGMEA’s leave to appeal against the High Court order to the BGMEA to demolish the building, the trade body chose a plot of land at Uttara in the capital and submitted applications to the government high ups to allocate 10 bighas of land in favour of the trade body to relocate its headquarters.
The BGMEA got the government’s nod over the land in June 2015 and recently
the RAJUK has been asked by the government to expedite the process of allocating the land to the BGMEA, an official of the trade body said.
Mahmud, however, said that the government’s decision to allocate land to the BGMEA had been taken in principle but they would have to wait for a board meeting of the RAJUK for the registration process.
He said that the BGMEA would have to pay approximately Tk 30 lakh a katha to the RAJUK.
Mahmud declined to disclose the name of the sector of Uttara where the BGMEA is getting land
saying ‘I will not disclose the name of the sector
before finalising registration but it might be Sector 15 or Sector 16 or Sector 17.’
Another BGMEA official said that the mode of
demolition process of the BGMEA building would be decided at an
extra-ordinary meeting of the BGMEA board on March 16.
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