In January 2018, the DSCC decided to construct 178 shops on New Market's roof using metal roofing
A plan by Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) to construct another floor above the single-storey extended part of New Market in the capital was declared illegal by the High Court on Thursday.
The bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil delivered the verdict, upholding a ruling the court issued on the issue last year.
Barrister Anik R Haque represented the writ petitioner, while Deputy Attorney General Md Mokhlesur Rahman and Barrister Sheikh Shafik Mahmud stood for the state and DSCC respectively.
Last year, New Market Traders' Association President Dewan Aminul Islam Shahin and Joint Secretary Sohel Bepari filed the writ petition.
After a primary hearing, the court on February 11, 2018 issued a ruling staying DSCC's decision to add another floor to New Market’s extension building.
In January last year, the DSCC decided to construct 178 shops on New Market's roof using metal roofing. The decision was met by protests by several hundred traders.