HC orders removal of commercial establishments from Dhanmondi residential area

The High Court on Monday ordered authorities to remove all commercial establishments from Dhanmondi residential area.

However, the order would not be applicable to commercial establishments at Mirpur Road, Sat Masjid Road, Road-2 and Road-27.

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The High Court bench of justices Nayeem Haider and Farid Ahmed, after hearing a public interest petition, also ordered approptiate authorities to issue notices before clearing the establishments.

The petitioner’s lawyer Manzil Morshed said the clearing drive would have to be launched following the rules of Rajuk, by giving the owners notice and enough time for relocating their businesses.

All the 11 branches of Maple Leaf International School will get three years to relocate their campuses from the area, but until then the school authorities will have to introduce a system by employing people to contain traffic congestion in adjacent areas, said Morshed quoting the court order.

President of Dhanmondi Kalyan Samity Prof AFM Masud and Secretary MA Matin filed the petition on Feb 1, 2011.

Deputy Attorney General Mokhlesur Rahman said, “The court has ordered for evicting unauthorised commercial establishments from Dhanmondi residential area. The court also asked Maple Leaf International School to bring all of its 11 branches into one campus.”

“The court also said that prior permission have to be taken from appropriate authorities before establishing any businesses there in the future,” Rahman added.

Public Works Secretary, Environment Secretary, Dhaka City Corporation, District Commissioner of Dhaka, Executive Engineer of Power Development Board at Dhanmondi, authorised Rajuk officer of the area and Officer-in-Charge of Dhanmondi police station have been made asked to execute the order.

Earlier, when the petition was filed last year, the High Court issued rule asking why eviction of commercial establishments should not be ordered to protect characteristics of a residential area.

The court then also embargoed allowing any new commercial establishment in the area for six months.