ACC wants Rajuk’s info on actions on illegal buildings

Staff Correspondent | Published at 11:44pm on April 17, 2019

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Wednesday sent a letter to the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha to inform it of the actions the city development authority had taken against owners of 6,204 buildings built violating approved designs until 2013.
The commission secretary Mohammad Delwar Bakth sent the letter to Rajuk to provide the information in 15 days, said ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhatacharjee.
He said the commission in the letter also inquired the Rajuk chairman about actions taken against its officials involved, if any, in building code violations.
ACC officials said that the March 28 fire in 23-storey FR Tower at Banani in Dhaka that killed 27 people prompted the commission to seek the information as a joint team of the commission and Rajuk spotted the 6,204 buildings which were built violating approved designs between 1997 and 2013.
The commission and Rajuk also submitted the lists of the buildings to the High Court in 2013.
In 2013, a commission team led by its deputy director SM Sahidur Rahman found that a good number of high profile real estate developers, business groups and political leaders also ignored the building code while constructing buildings in posh areas of the capital, ACC officials said.
The team found that over 90 per cent high-rises were erected in Dhaka and adjoining areas without mandatory clearance from the Department of Environment while 94 per cent buildings were built without fire safety certificate in 1997-2013, he added.
In the first six-month of 2018, Rajuk conducted a survey on 1,95,376 building in 1,528 square kilometres, Rajuk officials said.
They said that the survey found that 1,31,583 of the buildings were built violating the approved designs while 3,342 under construction buildings were also deleted for violation of the approved designs.
Following instructions from housing minister SM Rezaul Karim after the Banani fire, 24 Rajuk teams started drives on April 1 to identify the high-rises constructed flouting the National Building Code.