Bangladesh: Gar­ment trade body seeks 1 year ex­ten­sion to re­lo­cate HQ

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The Bangladesh Gar­ment Man­u­fac­tur­ers and Ex­porters As­so­ci­a­tion (BGMEA) has filed a pe­ti­tion with the Ap­pel­late Di­vi­sion of the Supreme Court seek­ing one year time to re­lo­cate its head­quar­ters (BGMEA Bhawan).

The head­quar­ters is cur­rently lo­cated at Hatir­jheel in Dhaka’s Kar­wan Bazar area. The apex court has or­dered the trade as­so­ci­a­tion to re­lo­cate to Ut­tara as it has re­port­edly been built in al­leged vi­o­la­tion of the coun­try’s en­vi­ron­men­tal laws.

The SC will hear the pe­ti­tion on 3rd Oc­to­ber once the an­nual va­ca­tion ends, BGMEA Lawyer Bar­ris­ter Im­tiaj Moinul Is­lam men­tioned.

The BGMEA head­quar­ters was built in 2006 on a prime lo­ca­tion. It re­port­edly blocked the Hatir­jheel in­te­grated scheme, a storm drainage sys­tem, aimed at drain­ing out storm wa­ter from Parib­agh, Kar­wan Bazar and Eska­ton ar­eas of Dhaka.

In 2011, the Bangladesh HC or­dered the de­mo­li­tion of the 15-storey build­ing on sus­tain­abil­ity ba­sis.

On March 5, 2017, the SC dis­missed a pe­ti­tion filed by the BGMEA seek­ing a re­view of the HC ver­dict and sub­se­quently al­lowed six months’ time to take down the struc­ture and re­lo­cate the same to an­other place.

Ac­cord­ing to the BGMEA, the six-month pe­riod al­lot­ted by the SC will end on Septem­ber 12 this year. They have stated that the process of re­lo­cat­ing has com­menced al­ready.

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