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


ralet'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.

ralet's picture

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ralet's picture

It really doesn't matter if

It really 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.

russel's picture

Such illegal buildings should

Such illegal buildings should not be allowed to exist because these might cause safety issues. If you are staying in such a building then you should immediately move out into a rented place. At, you can find rental homes in Baytown.

giduwa's picture

Looks like there is going be

Looks like there is going be a great loss of money in this case, and it would be a shame for the building to be razed, regardless of the existance or not of an approval for constructing. Having it insured by a company like before this extreme measure is applied would make things less painful for the investors. Still, since the building has been erected, probably the most profitable solution would be to use it in some way or another, rather than have it demolished.

Mary Sanders's picture

We shouldn't take for granted

We shouldn't take for granted everything he says, he might be lying. After all, BGMEA is well-known for the fact that it offers executive office space . Anyway, we must wait and see how the trial ends before we make an accusation.

Mary Sanders's picture

This doesn't mean anything,

This doesn't mean anything, he could be wrong or he could be lying. After all, everyone knows that BGMEA was built with help from a company that offers commercial roofing services and they use strong materials. Why would they need to build illegally?

Rick Johnson's picture

This is sad news, BGMEA is a

This is sad news, BGMEA is a great building, with a beautiful design. Imagine how it would be with these LED outdoor devices , the building would look much better, especially at night. Anyway, we will wait and see the judges' decision.

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.