Govt to allocate land in Uttara to build new BGMEA building

BGMEA will file a petition on Thursday – asking for an extension of 3 years before their current office gets demolished as per the SC directive.

The government is thinking of allocating land to BGMEA for the relocation of its office.

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed made the statement on Monday after a meeting with the Qatar ambassador in Dhaka Ahmed Bin Mohamed Al-Dehaimi at his secretariat office in the capital.

BGMEA will file a petition on Thursday – asking for an extension of 3 years before their current office gets demolished as per the SC directive.

On Sunday, President of BGMEA Siddiqur Rahman responded after the Supreme Court upheld it’s decision, saying: “As per the court’s directive, we will file a petition seeking a minimum of 3 years to demolish the building.

The Appellate Division of the apex court dismissed a petition to review the 2016 verdict in a hearing on Sunday, saying the building was built illegally and therefore must be pulled down.

The 15-storey building, headquarters of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), stands on a crucial spot in Dhaka and blocks the connection between the two large water bodies in the city – Hatirjheel lake and Begunbari canal.

The court has also ordered the BGMEA to inform it in a petition by Thursday as to how long it would take to demolish the building.

The court will hold a hearing on that petition on the same day.

Barrister Imtiaz Moinul Islam, counsel for the BGMEA, said they would seek three years’ time to implement the court’s order.

source: Dhakatribune