HC asks BIWTA to dismantle ‘recreation centre’ on Buriganga

July 30, 2010

The High Court on Thursday asked the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority to dismantle in a month a ‘recreation centre’ being constructed on a char in the middle of the River Buriganga at Kamrangirchar in Dhaka.
The bench of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury and Justice Sheikh Md Zakir Hossain passed the order after hearing a petition filed by the Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh in this regard.
The organisation filed the petition in pursuance of the court’s May 16 order that had asked the BIWTA to explain in three weeks why the construction on the char would not be declared illegal and why the structure already built would not be razed.
The shipping secretary, the BIWTA chairman and its director (port), director (planning), chief engineer and executive engineer, the deputy commissioner of Dhaka and the environment department director general were asked to reply to the rule.
The petitioner’s counsel Manzill Murshid argued that the High Court in June 2009 had issued a set of directives to remove all structures on the four rivers surrounding the capital but the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority had undertaken a project to construct a recreation centre on a char in the Buriganga, which was against the High Court directive.

Courtesy of NewAge

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