Monday, 10 January 2011

HC asks govt to remove structures from Cox’s Bazar sea beach

The High Court on Monday ordered the government to remove all temporary and permanent structures from Cox's Bazar sea beach.

Passing the interim order upon a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) writ petition, a High Court division bench, headed by Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury asked the Deputy Commissioner (DC) and the
Superintendent of Police (SP) of Cox’s Bazar to submit a follow-up report within seven days.

In the interim orders, the HC also asked the DC to constitute a special committee to demarcate the sea beach.

It further asked the SP and the Officer-in-Charge of sadar police station to set up a monitoring system for protecting the Cox’s Bazar sea beach from encroachment and any unauthorized construction within its periphery.

Earlier, the HC issued rule asking the government to explain in three weeks why direction should not be given to stop setting up any temporary or permanent structures within the sea beach area in order
to protect it from further encroachment.

Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) filed the PIL writ petition seeking court directives to save and protect the longest sea beach of the world and a tourism spot with potential, as vested
quarters have already marred the aesthetic beauty of the beach by operating unplanned restaurants, hotels and other business establishments grabbing the beach area.

Advocate Manzill Murshid appeared for the PIL petitioner, while Deputy Attorney General Altaf Hossain stood for the government. --Dhaka, Jan 10 UNB

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