RAJUK gives more time to vacate BGMEA building

Staff Correspondent

19 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK) has given more time to the organisations operating from the BGMEA building at Hatirjheel in the capital to remove their goods after it was sealed off on April 16.

The decision was taken by RAJUK on Thursday in response to a request from 19 business organisations that were operating from the building.  

RAJUK unlocked the sealed off building around 9:00am on Thursday giving another chance to the authorities of the organisations to enter the building for removal of the goods that were left inside.

Different organisations were seen loading their goods on trucks.

RAJUK chief engineer ASM Raihanul Ferdous informed that some organisations were unable to clear their offices within the stipulated time.

An official of DBL Group that owned four floors (10th floor to 13th floor) of the building removed most of their goods from the building. He  said, “We are trying to remove rest of the goods as soon as possible. We have hired enough labourers and hope to remove the rest of the goods by Thursday.”

“All of the organisations operating from the building were given time till 5:00pm to vacate the building.” 

“We have opened the building for them who sought a chance to remove their goods. There is a full day on Thursday to shift their belongings,” said RAJUK director Khandaker Aliur Rahman.

“But, if they’re unable to vacate the building by Thursday, we’ll give them time till April 24, if they make an appeal.”

Meanwhile, RAJUK asked the interested institutions to submit tenders to bulldoze the building. 

While talking at a press conference, housing and public works minister S M Rezaul Karim informed that the process of knocking down the building will start after April 25.

Earlier, the High Court asked the BGMEA to remove the building from Hatirhjeel on several occasions. But, the BGMEA sought another extension of time.

The latest extension of time given by the High Court ended on April 12 and RAJUK sealed off the building on April 16.