BGMEA building 'illegal'

Dhaka's real estate regulator Rajuk has told the High Court that construction of the BGMEA headquarters had not been approved.

The Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha's lawyer Md Mahfuzul Karim, in an affidavit, said the garment manufacturers and exporters association started to put up the building without Rajuk approval and without clarifying the matter with the regulator.

The affidavit was submitted at the bench of justice A H M Shamsuddin Chowdhury and Sheikh Mohammad Zakir Hossain on Tuesday.

It said BGMEA, the apex body of the readymade garment sector, was fined Tk 1.2 million for this violation. It was also asked to knock down the portion of the building that was not mentioned in the plan.

The affidavit said the association delayed razing the illegal portion citing shortage of necessary funds.

It said BGMEA leased out 0.66 acres from the Export Promotion Bureau on the condition that it would take approval from Rajuk before developing any multi-storey building.

Earlier the bureau had bought 6.12 acres land from Bangladesh Railway to build a world trade centre.

The affidavit said the Rajuk authorities had objected to erecting the building on a part of the land.

Meanwhile, the bench, during Tuesday's hearing in its ruling asked the government to explain why the BGMEA building should not be demolished and also asked deputy attorney general A B M Altaf Hossain to disclose who the owned the land.

Amicus Curiae (friends of court) former attorney general Fida M Kamal, Manjill Murshid and Syeda Rezwana Hasan took part in the hearing.

Rezwana Hasan said the very approval for constructing a building was not legal. "It (erecting the building) has violated some laws including the Environmental Convention Act."

Fida M Kamal said an association of private sector businessmen cannot legally develop a building on water-bodies.

On Oct 3 last year, the court asked the public works secretary, Rajuk, BGMEA president, Dhaka district administration and Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner to explain why this building should not be razed.

They had been asked to come up with their explanations within two weeks.

The order was issued after lawyer D H M Moniruddin presented a report on the building published in an English daily on Oct 3 last year.

Then prime minister Sheikh Hasina laid the foundation stone of the BGMEA building on Nov 28, 1998. On Oct 8 2006, then prime minister Khaleda Zia inaugurated the complex west of Sonargaon Hotel.

There are allegations that the garments exporters association has constructed the building grabbing lands of the Hatirjheel, where Rajuk is implementing a Tk 14.8 billion project.

News Source: 
The Financial Express


Rick Johnson's picture

No wonder he is throwing all

No wonder he is throwing all these accusations, BGMEA building is trully imposing, building it wasn't easy at all. They could've turn to property tax reassessment in Chester County, PA in order to lower property taxes. After all, the costs must have been huge.

Rick Johnson's picture

Firstly, they should've had a

Firstly, they should've had a construction license no doubt about that. For example, byui approved off campus housing in Rigby is trying to provind young men and women with a practical and comfortable place. Without a construction license, they couldn't have done anything for these young people.

Rick Johnson's picture

This is a serious accusation,

This is a serious accusation, especially because we're talking about an imposing building. They definitely used custom additions in San Diego to make it more welcoming and desirable for workers and clients, as well. Anyway, we will wait and see the court's order before jumping to any conclusion.

Rick Johnson's picture

These accusations are

These accusations are extremely serious, especially because Rajuk should have given his consent. The building is definitely a legal one because they worked with a company that got its contractor license. If you want to find out more about the necessary exams for the contractor license, you can check it out here: . In conclusion, we must wait and see if the allegations prove to be true.

russel's picture

If a building is illegal then

If a building is illegal then it should be demolished immediately. When you buy a house you should check the documents properly to be sure that it has necessary papers. However, after you move in you can remodel parts of the house, especially the basement area. Hire a good construction company that offers Basement remodeling Parker Co to make the place useful.

iuliancezar's picture

It doesn't matter if the

It doesn't matter if the building is legal or illegal, that building will be used no matter what at some point and what it is important is the way in which it was built. If you visit you will understand the importance of using good materials in the building process especially if the building is in an area where it rains quite often. If a company can't use this building, the community could used it.

iuliancezar's picture

It doesn't matter if this

It doesn't matter if this building is considered now as being illegal. They should have done this before the contractors started the work for this building. The land is broken now and a piece of sky was stolen. If you visit you will understand the importance of analyzing first a construction process before starting it. The law isn't always on your side.

ralet's picture

This is a great project and

This is a great project and if you are interested in the real estate domain you can visit and see what kind of buildings are in right now. The market has really changed in the past years and it is important especially if you are a real estate agent to know what people want right now.

Desiree Johnson's picture

It's vital that when you

It's vital that when you start the project of a building like this, you make sure that you have obtained all the necessary approvals. It would be a shame to have such a building demolished, especially it it was built with quality materials, like the ones used by Let's hope that things will be sorted out for the BGMEA building.

Desiree Johnson's picture

All the work and investment

All the work and investment are wasted because of this inexcusable mistake. If this was legally constructed, the building would have been an amazing piece of art and, after a while, would have deteriorated but a professional repairing team like the one you can see here would have found the best solution. It's such a shame that this building might be demolished.