The government must immediately demolish the illegally-built 15-storey BGMEA building to free the capital's Begunbari canal, said environmental and civic activists at a demonstration yesterday.
Citizens Rights Movement, Initiative for Peace, Sangkhubdha Nagorik Samaj, Combined Movement for Wetland Protection and some civic groups organised the demonstration before the building in Karwan Bazar.
The prime minister should expedite the process to demolish the building, in the middle of the canal and declared illegal by the High Court, before she opens the Hatirjheel civic amenities, said columnist Syed Abul Muksud.
The PM is expected to open the Hatirjheel-Begunbari road to public on January 2.
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin said the issue was now pending with the Supreme Court's appellate division.
Apart from the HC order for the building's removal, the government is also obliged by the wetland conservation law to remove the building, said Movement for Wetland Protection Convener Iqbal Syed Rana.
The government was proactive in evicting the opposition leader from her cantonment house and splitting Dhaka city corporation defying public opinion but is silent on the building's removal, said Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon member Hasibur Rahman Moyna. Renowned sculptor Bhashkar Rasha, television anchor Muhammad Jahangir, Dhaka University journalism teacher Rubaet Ferdous, Sharif Jamil and Ruhin Hossain Prince of Bapa expressed solidarity with the demand.