Structure being built dividing beach in C’Bazar
COX'S BAZAR, Sept 5: The district administration is building a restaurant dividing sea-beach at Madrasa point of the district town.
Environmentalists are apprehending serious natural disaster likely to happen due to the construction of the structure.
Meanwhile, there is a rule from the High Court in 2011 regarding protection of the Cox's Bazar sea-beach. Concerned people think that the administration is violating the HC rule in building the structure.
Assistant Director of District Environment Department Saiful Ashrab said, "We heard that the district administration is building the structure but they did not take permission from the Environment Department."
While visiting the area, it was found that about one acre area has been marked with rope on the northern side of Madrasa point and three small houses have been built. Besides, a high wooden flyover is being built dividing the beach.
Seeking anonymity, some workers said a good quality restaurant is being built here, and the administration is monitoring the work.
Chief Executive of Yes Cox's Bazar Ibrahim Khalil Mamun said, "We have been agitating for long demanding removal of illegal establishments from the beach and its protection. An organisation Human Rights and Piece for Bangladesh filed a writ petition with HC. Following this, HC issued a rule asking for removal of the illegal establishments and protection of the sea-beach on June 7, 2011."
He also said, "We are not seeing any implementation of the HC rule though more than one structures has been built here."
Spokesperson of Cox's Bazar People's Forum H M Nazrul Islam said three environment-friendly hotels were built at Kalatoly point of the beach where tourists used to come in numbers. The hotels were demolished following local demands in 2011. No structure can be built on the beach but the district administration is building the restaurant violating the HC rule. It will hamper tourists' movement, he said.
One of the leaders of Cox's Bazar Property Protection Movement Committee Nazim Uddin said an initiative was taken during BNP regime to build a wooden bridge at Diabetes point of the beach which was later cancelled following people's agitation. But now the district administration is building a restaurant which will be resisted by the people's movement.
Deputy Commissioner Md Kamal Hossen said the district administration has taken an initiative to build a check post at Madrasa point but no other structures.