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BGMEA seeks 3 yrs to pull down its complex

08 March 2017,Wednesday, 19:51



Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) on Wednesday filed a petition with the Supreme Court seeking three years’ time for demolishing the 'BGMEA Complex' constructed on the city’s Hatirjheel Lake.

On behalf of the apex trade body of the country’s garment sector, Barrister Imtiaz Mainul Islam submitted the petition to the court.

The Appellate Division bench, headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, is likely to hear the petition on Thursday, reports UNB.

Talking to reporters, Barrister Mainul said it is not possible to pull down the BGMEA Complex overnight as offices situated in the high-rise will have to be relocated first. “For this, the BGMEA authorities need minimum three years,” he said.

“We haven’t yet found land for constructing another building. And it’s not possible to construct the building overnight even if the land is available as there’re many procedures, including taking permission from the Rajuk and other offices, for this. So, we need time to pull down the building,” the lawyer said.

On March 5, the SC turned down the petition filed by the BGMEA authorities seeking review of its earlier judgment that had upheld a High Court order over the demolition of the 'BGMEA Complex'.

A three-member Appellate Division bench, headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, passed the order, clearing the way for bringing down the 15-storey building.

On November 8 last year, the SC released the full text of its verdict upholding the HC judgment that ordered BGMEA to immediately demolish the building at its own cost.

On December 8, the BGMEA authorities filed a petition urging the apex court to review its verdict.

 

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