Chevron office relocates to disputed building

Special Correspondent

22 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The multinational company Chevron Bangladesh Ltd. has allegedly relocated its office to a disputed building in Dhaka.

There are allegations that the high-rise building that Chevron is relocating has been constructed without environmental, height clearance, and other departmental and authorities clearance.

Dhaka City Corporation, then undivided, illegally approved the building named “Gulshan Centre Point” although the building had no environmental and height clearances that were mandatory.

Department of Environment is the authority for environmental clearance and Civil Aviation Authority is the authority for height issue, sources said.  A builder has constructed the 26-storey building near Gulshan – 2.   The corporation reached a property sharing deal with the real estate builder, giving the builder 75 percent of the built-up property along with the ownership of proportionate land. Rajuk spokesman said, the Corporation can neither sell nor share the property with any private party as these were public facilities. The land is earmarked as public facilities in the master plan of Gulshan Area.

ATM Shamsul Huda, former Chief Election Commissioner, whose home is near the proposed high-rise building, and Bangladesh Environment Lawyers Association (BELA) had filed a petition with the High Court challenging the legality of the building.

“Chevron can confirm that it has decided to relocate its current Dhaka office to a new location. We have duly followed the legal process,” said Sheikh Jahidur Rahman, Communications Manager of Chevron Bangladesh.