Multi-storied buildings were constructed at Mongla without adherence to the building code.
Several organizations, including banks and insurances, are running their offices in the buildings.
The authorities concerned are not taking legal actions against the owners of the building. It has been found that several multi-storied buildings have been built in city’s Sheikh Abdul Hai Road, Talukder Abdul Khaleque Road, New Main Road and Singapur market area in press club road, whereas some others are under construction.
Locals allege that owners do not have valid papers of the buildings and despite a permission from Mongla port authority for single story building, five-storied ones are being constructed.
Port authorities are reluctant to take legal actions though they are thoroughly aware of it.
Sources at the property department of Mongla Port said that the port authorities have 134.65 acres of land at Mongla Town (Old Mongla) area, which has been given as lease to the businessmen.
They have built three to five storied buildings without respecting the building code and also rented out the flats to several organizations, violating the lease conditions.
City dweller Shahajahan Siddique and Sibli Alam, said: “middlemen are working behind the scene as they are maintaining connection between businessmen and officials of the property department of the port.”
Anower, Hemayet Sheikh and Jalal Patowary and other property developers say that they are constructing the buildings with permission of the officials from the property department.
On condition of anonymity, an owner of a multi-storied building, said: “we have built a three storied building after bribing the port officials.”
Shawkat Ali, the Chief Engineer of Civil and Hydraulic Department of Mongla Port Authorities, told the Bangla Tribune: “we permitted the businessmen to build two-storied buildings with the appointment of consulting firms though they didn’t follow the clause.”
Soon, a drive will be carried out against buildings which flouted the regulations, he warned.
If any wrongdoing is found, legal actions will be taken, Abul Kalam Azad, a senior official at the Port’s Property department, told Bangla Tribune.
“I am not informed of the matter,” Commodore AKM Faruk Hasan, the Chairman of Mongla Port Authority said.
“Legal actions will be taken if any building is found to have been constructed disregarding the existing laws.”