Friday, August 3, 2007

Falling of the Heinous Symbol of Bangladesh

RAJUK starts tearing down Rangs Bhaban

Following a Supreme Court ruling on Thursday, the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK) authorities this morning began tearing down the upper floors of the multi-storied Rangs Bhaban at Bijoy Sarani crossing in Dhaka.

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The demolition works started at about 8:00am from the 8th floor of the 22-storey building under the supervision of RAJUK Magistrate amidst quiet protests by executives of different companies that they were not given enough time to remove their expensive equipment and valuable goods.

In the first phase of the demolition, some 350 RAJUK workers were engaged in removing doors and windows, glasses and furniture of the upper floors. The workers will demolish the construction beyond the 6th floor in two shifts a day. Some 14 teams of workers were formed under supervision of the RAJUK officials to destroy the construction of the upper floors. The number of workers will be increased after couple of days when they would start breaking the concrete structures like walls and floors.

Talking to reporters, RAJUK Chief Engineer said it would take 120 days to complete the demolition of all the 16 floors above the 6th floor declared illegal by the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Thursday, 2nd August, 2007.

The authorities posted some 300 police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members to maintain the security in and around the Rangs building as hundreds of people were seen watching the fall of a tower built at a cost of some BDT.700 crore. Learn more about building construction cost at

General manager of the Rangs Group, told the news agency that 30 companies with 35,000 officials and employees used to operate from the business house. “It’s a humanitarian disaster,” Rahman said in a pensive mood. Like Rahman, other executives of different banks and companies expressed their grievances that they were not allowed enough time to remove their offices, costly electronic equipment and furniture.

The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered demolition of the 16 upper floors of the 22-storey building, overhauling the High Court judgment that had declared valid the construction beyond the sixth floor of the building.

Within hours of the court order, the authorities on Thursday in the afternoon announced that demolition of the building would start on Friday morning.

Meanwhile at about 2:30pm yesterday, mikes blared out sharp for forewarning, asking companies housed in the edifice to vacate it by midnight last.

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News Source: UNB, Channel i, nTV, ATN Bangla

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