HC rejects City Group’s petition

February 24, 2010

Structures on Shitalakkhya
HC rejects City Group’s petition
The High Court yesterday summarily rejected a writ petition challenging a government notice that asked the authorities of the City Group of Industries to remove their structures, including three jetties, from the river Shitalakkhya.
Following the HC order, now there remains no bar in demolishing jetties and structures set up by City Group of Industries on the bank of the river Shitalakkhya at Rupganj.
The HC bench of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik and Justice Borhan Uddin passed the order saying the deputy commissioner of Narayanganj served the notice to City Group of Industries to remove their structures from Shitalakkhya following an earlier HC verdict regarding environment protection.
The Narayanganj DC on February 9 served the notice to the managing director of City Group of Industries Fazlur Rahman to remove the structures and jetties by February 20.
Fazlur Rahman recently filed a writ petition with the HC challenging the notice.
In the petition, Fazlur said the City Group of Industries had set up the jetties in Rupganj on permission of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority.
Earlier on January 24 this year, the HC directed the government to start within a month demolition of all illegal structures built within the boundaries of four rivers–Buriganga, Balu, Shitalakkhya and Turag–around the capital.
It issued the directive upon a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB), an organisation for protecting human rights and the environment.
Barrister Fida M Kamal appeared for the writ petitioner, while HRPB’s lawyer Manzill Murshid opposed the petition.

Courtesy of The Daily Star

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