Rule seeks to demolish illegal structures in Cox’s Bazar beach
Published: 14:43 9 December 2019
The High Court on Monday has issued a rule seeking why it should not be directed to demolish and remove the illegal structures built on the beach of Cox’s Bazar without environmental clearance and sewage plant.
The High Court bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman issued the rule following a writ petition of Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association.
Minhajul Haque Chowdhury was heard on behalf of the writ while Sayeed Ahmed Kabir assisted him. Deputy Attorney General Amit Talukder was present for the state.
Later, Sayeed Ahmed Kabi told that the court issued a rule asking why the defendants’ failure to protect the mountains, hills, and the forests that are located in the non-development and protected areas in Cox’s Bazar Sadar, Maheshkhali, Teknaf, Ramu, Chakaria, Ukhiya and Pekua upazilas should not be declared illegal.
At the same time, the court also asked why the failure of the defendants to stop illegal occupation of 120 km of beaches, construction, pollution by commercial establishments, municipal waste and one-time-use plastics throw would not be declared illegal.
22 people including cabinet secretary, environment secretary, aviation and tourism secretary, housing and public works secretary, public administration secretary, water resources secretary have been asked to respond to the rule over the next three months.
Earlier, a writ petition was filed linking various reports published in national newspapers on illegal hotel-motel construction and environmental pollution in seven upazilas of Cox’s Bazar.
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