BGMEA seeks 3-year to relocate its building from Hatirjheel


Dhaka, March 8: Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) on Wednesday sought three-year time to the highest court to relocate from their 15-storied complex, which had been ordered for demolition.

The petition was filed on Wednesday and might be heard at the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday, said Barrister Imtiaz Moinul Islam, a lawyer for BGMEA.

The BGMEA will demolish the building after shifting its offices, as the institution is respectful to the court directives, Imtiaz added. “We have many important offices here.”

On March 5, the SC dismissed a petition filed by BGMEA seeking review of its judgement that upheld a High Court order for demolishing the BGMEA building illegally built on the capital’s Begunbari canal and Hatirjheel lake.

It also asked the BGMEA to submit a petition by March 8 [today] stating the time it would take to bring it down and fixed to pass an order on the application today.

The building’s foundation was laid in 1998 by the then Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and it was opened in 2006 by the then premier Khaleda Zia.