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Govt could give land in Uttara for new BGMEA HQ

Update : 06 Mar 2017, 11:01 PM
Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed on Monday said the government will give BGMEA a piece of land to relocate its office to Uttara in Dhaka. The minister came up with the announcement after a meeting with Qatar Ambassador in Dhaka Ahmed Bin Mohamed Al-Dehaimi at his secretariat in the capital on Monday. The government will provide land for Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) so that it can shift from its existing headquarters at Karwan Bazar, the minister said in reply to a question. “I hope BGMEA would be able to build its new building within two-three years.”
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The relocation and demolition of BGMEA building would be done as per the court verdict, added the minister. Following the court verdict, the apex trade body of clothing industry was negotiating with the government to get an allocation of 10 bigha land at Uttara for its relocation. Both BGMEA leaders and government official told the Dhaka Tribune the issue would be settled by this month and the possible site would be selected.
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Seeking an anonymity, an official in the Commerce Ministry said: “BGMEA wants 10 bigha land for establishing its new building. The government will provide five bigha land free of cost while the BGMEA will pay for the rest.” On the other hand, asking not to be named, a BGMEA leader told the Dhaka Tribune the process of getting land is very close to be completed. “We are hopeful about getting the final nod from the government for land allocation and our first choice is Uttrara,” he added. On Sunday, the Appellate Division of the apex court dismissed a petition to review the 2016 verdict at a hearing, saying the building was built illegally, and therefore it must be pulled down. BGMEA will file a petition on Thursday next seeking a three-year extension before the current building is demolished as per the Supreme Court directive. The 15-storey BGMEA headquarters stands on a crucial spot in the capital blocking connection between the two large water bodies in the city – Hatirjheel lake and Begunbari canal.
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