The Appellate Division on Tuesday directed the Narayanganj deputy commissioner to stop the ongoing earth filling by Unique Property Limited for developing a 2,350-bigha unauthorized township Sonargaon Resort on grabbed crop fields, wetlands and low lying areas in six mouzas in Pirojpur, Sonargaon, Narayanganj.
A four-judge bench chaired by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain also directed the DC to submit compliance report at the next hearing on October 8.
The court issued the directive after hearing Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers’ Association’s appeal against High Court Division’s order of August 9 that shelved BELA’s application seeking HC directive to the Unique Property Limited’s managing director Moham Noor Ali to halt his company’s earth-filling to comply with a previous directive of the HCD upheld by the Appellate Division.
On March 2, 2014, the High Court Division had directed Unique Property Ltd to halt its earth filling and restore the wetlands in Sonargaon.
The earth filling by Unique Property Limited is continuing for it housing, hotel and resort on the pretext of developing an unauthorized Sonargaon Economic Zone.
The DC was asked to monitor and submit a compliance report after ensuring that Unique Property halted its earth filing activities.
The HC had also directed the DC to take steps to remove the sands or earth dumped by Unique Property on crop fields, wetland and also parts of Meghna River in Char Bhabanathpur and Bhatibanda mouzas, Sonargaon.
Unique Property Limited was asked to restore the crop fields, wetlands, the low lying areas and the filled up parts of the Meghna River by removing the dumped materials.
The court had also issued a ruling upon the government and Unique Property Ltd to explain why the earth filling activities should not be declared illegal.
In 2009, Unique Property Ltd grabbed 2,350 bighas of land in the six mouzas.
On October 11, 2011, a mobile court run by the Department of Environment realized Tk 50 lakh as fines from Unique Property Limited finding it guilty of damaging the eco-system and ordered it to halt the illegal activities.
The mobile court also ask Unique to restore farmers’ crop fields by removing the filling materials.
Unique already filled up a 210-bigha area for its 2,300-bigha unauthorized project. Fida M Kamal and Syeda Rizwana Hasan appeared for BELA.