As part of its ongoing drive, a mobile court of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) knocked down a number of illegal shops at Fulbaria Market-2 in the capital on Monday.
During the drive, businessmen of the market protested against the demolition drive.Witnesses said when the mobile court led by DSCC Executive Magistrate A H Erfan Uddin Ahmed went to demolish the illegal shops in Zaker Plaza, Nagar Plaza and City Plaza of Fulbaria Market, traders took out a protest procession. They claimed that 634 underground shops of the market are legal and former mayor Mohammad Hanif allocated the shops to the businessmen in 1997 and they paid the rent of the shops until July 2021.
They also claimed that they have legal documents including trade licenses and tax payment papers and alleged that the drive was conducted without issuing any notice.
But DSCC officials claimed that the shops are illegal because they were built in violation of design. Talking to the Daily Sun, Executive Magistrate Erafan Uddin said, “We have to go back to the old design of the market and we will pull down the illegal shops to this end. It is the decision of our mayor. But businessmen of the market are claiming that they have legal documents. I told them ‘if you have legal documents, go to mayor’.”
“So far, we have demolished 40 shops at the basement. I will demolish around 70 buildings today (Monday)”, he added.
General Secretary of Jaker Plaza Market Association Firoz Ahmed said, “Late mayor Mohammad Hanif allocated 634 shops temporarily. In the allotment paper there was a condition that before the demolition of the shops, the businessmen will have to be rehabilitated. An eviction notification has to be issued to the businessmen 30 days before the drive.”
He alleged that they were not notified of the drive.