Vol. 5 Num 994 Sun. March 18, 2007  
Star City

Rehab vice president's building under Rajuk hammer

The Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk), backed by the joint forces, on Sunday demolished illegal portions of a building that houses Advanced Development Technologies (ADT) on the Gulshan Avenue in Gulshan-2.

Anwar Hossain, chairman of the real estate company ADT, and senior vice-prescient of the Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (Rehab), owns the building.

In clear deviation of the approved design of the building, the owner has erected an office and a warehouse in the basement meant for car parking.

For ornamental work of the building, the owner also encroached upon at least five feet into the sidewalk.

Rajuk labourers demolished the illegal structures in the car parking area while bulldozer was used to remove obstruction from the public space.

Rajuk Authorised Officer Shamsur Rahman who was in the demolition team said, "This is a serious deviation in the use of car parking lot."

A staff of the ADT, requesting anonymity, said the authorities had served notices to the building owner a number of times to rectify the aberration and encroachment.

Rajuk Magistrate ASM Emdadud Dastagir who led the demolition drive said the building owner deviated from the approved design and indulged in illegal use of car parking space.

During the demolition drive, Anwar Hossain refused to talk to the representatives of mass media about the matter. He claimed that there was no deviation in his building, but said contradictorily, "We will demolish anything illegal on our own."

Rajuk also demolished a number of other illegal set-ups on both sides of the Gulshan Avenue stretching from circle-2 to Australian High Commission.

Illegal portions of this building belonging to a Rehab high-up were demolished on Sunday. PHOTO: STAR