Saturday, 18 June 2011

77 Illegal Housing Projects; HC blocks way to realtors' fair

The High Court yesterday (June 16) directed Rajuk to make sure that illegal housing projects cannot take part in the ongoing Rehab fair or display their ads.

Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (Rehab) is holding a four-day fair at the city's Bangabandhu International Conference Centre with a good number of housing projects earlier declared illegal by the court.

Moreover, some of the housing companies that are sponsoring the fair have illegal projects.
Abdul Mannan Khan, state minister for Housing and Public Works, inaugurated the fair as chief guest yesterday while Md Nurul Huda, chairman of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk), attended as special guest.
The court also ordered the authorities to stop any advertisement of the illegal housing projects on the electronic media, said Syeda Rizwana Hasan, chief executive of Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (Bela), who filed a petition with the court in this regard.
The court also passed a rule on the government to explain why its failure to stop advertisements of illegal housing projects should not be declared unlawful and against public interest, said a Bela press release.
The HC bench comprised of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik and Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore passed the order following a writ petition jointly filed by Bela, Ain O Salish Kendra, Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan, Institute of Architects Bangladesh and Paribesh Banchao Andolan.
The court ordered Rajuk to provide the electronic mass media with the list of illegal housing projects so that they refrain from airing commercials of those projects.
Rizwana yesterday said they would issue a letter to Rajuk chairman informing him of the HC order.
This group of organisations also served a legal notice on the government and the real estate developers' association Wednesday asking them not to allow adverts of unauthorised housing projects at the fair.
The HC in a judgement on June 8 declared a total of 77 private housing projects in and around the capital illegal and ordered immediate removal of the projects, their ads, signboards and halting of earth-filling and sale of plots.
Rajuk had provided the court with the list.
Nurul Huda, chairman of Rajuk, yesterday told The Daily Star that he would be able to say the measures they can take after receiving the court order.
The state minister could not be reached for his opinion.
The list of the 77 illegal housing projects can be found with this link:
Daily Star 

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