BGMEA seeks more time to demolish building


PV Desk : Bangladesh’s top apparel business body wants to use its multi-storey office building, which was built in violation of the Wetlands Protection Act, for another year.
After losing a legal battle, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association or BGMEA was given a six-month deadline by the Supreme Court to tear down the building. The deadline ends on Monday.
At a media briefing on Saturday, BGMEA President Md Siddiqur Rahman said they have filed a petition with the court seeking one year’s time to demolish the building.
“We respect the law. We will move out as soon as the construction of our new offices is complete, which will take another year.”
The BGMEA building built about two decades ago endangered wetlands in Dhaka. In 1998, then Prime
Minister Sheikh Hasina laid the foundation stone of the building. The construction began the same year.