Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim on Friday said Buildings constructed in a breach of rules in Dhaka would be dismantled. “Those who have built buildings in the new quarters of Dhaka breaching the rules must dismantle those structures,” the minister said at a media briefing at the Dhaka Reporters Unity in the city.
Mentioning that the government has started identifying the buildings constructed illegally in Dhaka, Rezaul Karim warned that no risky buildings would be spared. “Homeowners who built unplanned buildings, however influential they may be, will not be let off the hook.” “The risky buildings will be sealed or identified as uninhabitable and completely illegal, if the owners refuse to demolish those. We’ll not allow using those buildings. For many, a building is a source of income, but it’s not more valuable than human life.”
“We don’t want to keep a single house beyond law. But we cannot do it overnight,” he said. The minister went on saying that there are 500-year old buildings in old Dhaka. “If we want to demolish the buildings overnight, it will be not possible,” he added. Rezaul said the citizens also will have to be conscious to follow the building codes to avoid any disastrous incident.