More time sought to comply with apex court order

Staff Correspondent | Updated at 11:58pm on March 08, 2018

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association on Monday filed a petition in the Appellate Division seeking one more year to comply with its directive of June 2, 2016 asking it to demolish the illegally constructed building within 90 days.
The BGMEA already missed two deadlines set by the apex court for the demolition of the illegal building.
The 15-story BGMEA Building was illegally constructed encroaching on the Hatirjheel Lake.
The 3rd deadline set by the Appellate Division for demolishing the illegal BGMEA structure is due to expire on April 11.
In Monday’s petition BGMEA submitted it would need one year to construct its new building at Uattra to shift its office from the current location.
Since April 3, 2011, the illegal BGMEA Building has been standing at the current location defying a High Court Division verdict that asked the Rajuk to demolish the building within 90 days.
The HC verdict described the BGMEA Building as ‘a cancerous growth’ that eclipsed from public view the Hatirjheel Lake a landmark of the capital.
The apex court had asked the Rajuk to demolish the building if the BGMEA failed to demolish it and realize the cost of demolition from the BGMEA.
Since March 12, 2017, the apex court, in unprecedented orders the Appellate Division extended the deadline for demolition twice, once for six months and again for seven more months.