The Supreme Court has given Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) seven months’ time to demolish its headquarters in Hatirjheel, Dhaka.
A five-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by Acting chief justice Md Abdul Wahhab, passed the order Sunday morning in response to a time petition filed by the BGMEA seeking one year time to demolish the building.
The 15-storey building stands on a critical spot in Dhaka, blocking the connection between two large water bodies – Hatirjheel lake and Begunbari canal.
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In June 2016, the Appellate Division upheld a High Court verdict ordering the demolition of the structure and ordered the BGMEA to bear the cost of demolition.
On March 12, the Supreme Court accepted a BGMEA appeal for an extension and gave the association six more months, until September 11.