BGMEA building demolition process to be finalised on Apr 25: Minister

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 13:45, Apr 17, 2019 | Updated : 13:50, Apr 17, 2019

File photo shows Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim.Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim has said that BGMEA building will be demolished using modern technology instead of traditional manual methods but the main process will be determined on Apr 25 next.
The minister made the comments on Wednesday (Apr 17) afternoon while talking to the media.
“Tenders have been asked from those interested to demolish the building and an advert in this regard has been printed in today’s newspaper.”
The building will be demolished after one week from Apr 25 and the area will be completely free by the following ninety days, said the minister.

In April 2018, the Supreme Court ordered the BGMEA building be demolished. According to the order, the building was to be demolished sometime after April 12 this year.
The 15-storey building stands on a critical spot in Dhaka, blocking the water flow between Hatirjheel lake and Begunbari canal; and has been described by the Supreme Court as “a cancer in the Hatirjheel project.”
The High Court ordered the BGMEA to move forward with demolition work in April 2011. The association filed a leave to appeal against the verdict which was later dismissed by the top court.
In June 2016, the Appellate Division upheld the verdict ordering the demolition of the structure and told the BGMEA to bear the cost of demolition.
The RMG trade body lost its final legal battle on Mar 5, 2017, when the Appellate Division threw out a petition for a review of the verdict.
Later, the association sought a year’s extension to the latest deadline to demolish the building.
Following the plea, the Supreme Court, in April 2018, granted BGMEA one more year to demolish its office building.
The court had ordered the association to submit an undertaking with a condition that the BGMEA will not seek another extension after the one it currently applied for expires.