Illegal structures in residential areas must go: HC

Illegal structures in residential areas must go: HC

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Dhaka – The High Court Division of the Supreme Court on Wednesday gave 10 months to the owners to remove their illegal establishments from Gulshan, Banani and Dhanmondi areas of the city.An High Court bench of Justice Salma Masud Chowdhury and Justice AKM Zahirul Hoque passed the order disposing of 233 writ petitions filed in connection with illegal structures.
Advocates ABM Altaf Hossain, Ahsanul Karim, Idrisur Rahman, lawyer Abdul Qaiyum, Farzana Khan, Asif Ali Khan and Maniruzzaman stood for the petitioners while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK).
Later, advocate Altaf Hossain said, the owners of illegal establishments in Gulshan, Banani and Dhanmondi areas will have to remove their structures within 10 months.
During the period, RAJUK cannot carry out any eviction drive. However, they can remove the establishments without any prior notice if the owners do not take away their structures within the stipulated time. Meanwhile, advocate Qaiyum said those who will be able to obtain Rajuk’s permission can run their business as commercial activities are allowed in residential areas in a limited scale.
On the other hand, before the terrorist attack of July 1, last year, on Holy Artisan Bakery at Gulshan, the capital development agency identified around 552 un-authorized commercial units in Gulshan, Banani and other residential areas in Dhaka city.
On July 25, last year, they started drives to remove the illegal structures. Later, the owners of different establishments filed writ petitions challenging the legality of the eviction drive. After primary hearing, the High Court issued the rule. – Special Correspondent

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