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SC stays BPDB’s Cox’s Bazar land acquisition process

  • Published at 12:41 am April 8th, 2019
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A High Court bench delivered a rule on the acquisition process following a write filed by BELA

The Supreme Court has stayed the land acquisition process of a housing project initiated for the employees of Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB).

A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order on Sunday.

Earlier on September 7, 2015, a High Court bench delivered a rule on this acquisition process following a write petition filed by the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA).

Secretary to the ministry of land, director general of Department of Environment, chairman of Bangladesh Power Development Board, among others, were made respondents to the order.

Following the order, the Bangladesh Power Development Board submitted an ‘affidavit of opposition’ seeking permission to select an alternative place for its housing project. 

On April 5, 2018, another High Court bench granted permission on condition of ‘no deforestation and hill cutting’ with an order for formatting a supervision committee by the environment department. 

But, the Power Development Board selected a second place which is also a land of hill and hillock in the Jhilongja area of Cox's Bazar. 

Saying that the land acquisition process was ongoing, the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association filed another petition with the Supreme Court in 2018.