The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has made no progress in relocating its building from the Hatirjheel area of Dhaka, less than three weeks until the deadline for the demolition of its headquarters.
The 15-storey building stands on a critical spot in the capital, blocking the connection between two large water bodies – Hatirjheel lake and Begunbari canal.
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.
The Dhaka urban development agency, Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk), is now ready to step in and begin the demolition process.
“After the expiry of the six-month timeframe, Rajuk will take action to carry out the court order if there is no other directive from the court,” said Rajuk Chairman Md Abdur Rahman.
BGMEA vice-president Mahmud Hasan Khan Babu told the Dhaka Tribune that his association will likely appeal to the apex court for another six-month extension to the deadline for knocking down its headquarters.
“But before seeking another extension, we will make significant progress in the construction of new BGMEA building,” he said.
Rajuk has already allocated 110-katha of land to BGMEA in the extended Uttara 3rd phase residential area, at a price of Tk20 lakh per katha.
“The registration of land allocated by Rajuk will be completed by this month, and following the registration, BGMEA will seek time,” the BGMEA leader said.