Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha, the state entity responsible for the urban development of the capital, has called for quotations from experts to demolish BGMEA building.
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association built its head office on Hatirjheel Lake in between 1998 and 2006, and the court ordered demolition of the building in 2011 finding it was constructed on forcibly grabbed land.
A day after Rajuk sealed off the building, the authorities invited quotation from experienced firms by April 24 to demolish the 15-storey building within three months.
Housing and public works minister SM Rezaul Karim at a news briefing at the secretariat said the building would be demolished by using modern technologies, not traditional methods considering public safety.
The minister said that they would finalise a suitable contractor on April 25 for the task.
He also said that they even contacted foreign expert contactors for the demolition drive.
He, however, did not confirm any date or provide any more information about the government plan about it.
A number of police personnel were deployed in front of the building on Wednesday after the Rajuk sealed it.
Police officers said some BGMEA officials tried to go inside, but they did not allow anyone.
Rajuk chief engineer ASM Raihanul Ferdous said none from the BGMEA had asked for permission yet to enter the building.
Rajuk on Tuesday took over BGMEA building and sealed if off to demolish it as per a Supreme Court order as the structure was built on Hatirjheel Lake in Dhaka violating laws on conservation of environment and wetlands.
Rajuk officials said that the move was a part of demolition as the deadline set by the Appellate Division for the demolition of the building by BGMEA expired on April 12.
Following a New Age report on October 3, 2010, the High Court in a suo moto rule asked the government to explain why it should not be directed to demolish the BGMEA Bhaban as it had been built illegally on government land in violation of the laws on the conservation of environment and the capital’s wetlands.
On April 3, 2011, the High Court declared the building illegal and ordered the BGMEA to demolish it in 90 days.
The court also asked Rajuk to demolish the building and realise the cost from the association if BGMEA failed to meet the deadline.
On June 2, 2016, the Appellate Division rejected the association’s appeal against the High Court verdict.
On April 2, 2018, a four-judge Appellate Division bench led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain for the third occasion extended time limit until April 11, 2019 for the demolition of the building by the association.
The association had also given an undertaking that it would not apply for further extension of the deadline.
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