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HC orders Rajuk to protect heritage buildings

  • Published at 09:48 pm August 14th, 2018
File photo of Bangladesh High Court
File photo of Bangladesh High Court

Justice Tariq ul Hakim and Justice Md Shohrowardi issued the order on Monday.

A High Court bench has issued an order asking Rajuk to protect all heritage sites in Dhaka city.

Justice Tariq ul Hakim and Justice Md Shohrowardi issued the order on Monday.

The high court also asked the Department of Archaeology to prepare an amended list of heritage sites after scrutinizing every building included in the list submitted by the Urban Study Group (USG) to different departments of the government, on December 5, 2017. 

The court ordered Rajuk to decline permission for demolition, modification, or extension of any of the buildings included in USG list until the amended list is published.

The court also issued a continuous mandamus (court order) to the concerned departments to report to the same court every three months, to give a progress status on the matter.

USG was represented by Senior Adv AF Hassan Ariff and Adv Ashik Al Jalil.

The USG heritage list for Dhaka includes 2,793 buildings. USG's move came in the wake of a controversial list published by Rajuk as a gazette notification on November 29, 2017. That Rajuk list only included 75 buildings.