BANGLADESH

Demolish all hotels, shops at Hatirjheel-Begunbari project: HC

High Court on Monday directed the government to demolish all kinds of commercial entities including hotels, restaurants and shops built illegally at Hatirjheel-Begunbari Lake project area within the next 60 working days.

Declaring the Hatirjheel-Begunbari Lake project as a ‘public trust property’, the court issued directives to the Rajuk chairman, Dhaka North City mayor, Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner, Hatirjheel Police Station officer-in-charge and Hatirjheel-Begunbari project director to protect and preserve the beauty of Hatirjheel Lake.

The High Court in its directives ordered formation of a separate authority under the prime minister to oversee the conservation, development and operation of various activities in the area.

It also prohibited the construction of any commercial structure on the land.

The court said the engineering unit of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and the 24th Brigade of the Bangladesh Army are jointly appointed permanent consultants of the project.

The court also ordered construction of footpaths, bicycle lanes, sidewalks for physically challenged people and underground toilets for public use.

It also asked the authorities concerned to ensure the supply of pure drinking water for people.

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