Govt sets 6-month deadline to remove commercial establishments from city’s residential areas

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Dhaka, April 4: The government on Monday has set a six-month deadline to remove all commercial establishments operating in city’s residential areas in the country.

The decision was taken in the weekly Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina held at the secretariat.

The authorities concerned will conduct raids to remove them after the deadline.

The Local Government Division presented a report on the issue at the cabinet meeting, after it was told by the Cabinet in June 2015, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told reporters after the meeting.

The report made four recommendations, which the Cabinet cleared, he said.

“Licences for bars in residential areas will be revoked and they will be removed. No new licences to operate bars in residential areas will be issued.”

The Cabinet secretary said hotels and guest houses at residential areas will be shut down and land owners will be given six months to remove them.

On expiry of the deadline, authorities will remove such commercial entities within a month, he added.

All kind of commercial entities at residential areas will have to be removed by six months, said Alam.

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