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Writ filed challenging legality of DAP

Published : 11 Sep 2022 09:30 PM

A writ petition has been filed with the High Court (HC) challenging the legality of the gazette notification over the Detailed Area Plan (DAP), which incorporates a block-based development system instead of plot-based development in the Rajuk area.

Advocate Md Eunus Ali Akond, a lawyer of Bangladesh Supreme Court, submitted the writ petition to the High Court on Sunday (September 11). 

In the petition, he said that the government has approved the DAP and issued a gazette notification to this effect on August 22 this year, violating the ‘Town Improvement Act, 1973’, the ‘Water Bodies Protection Act, 2000’ and the ‘Acquisition and Requisition Act, 2017’. 

According to the laws, the government can’t cancel the previous DAPs and change its water bodies, but the government approved the DAP on August 22 defying the provisions, he said in the petition. Eunus Ali Akond in the writ petition mentioned that his five katha plot in Bashundhara area in the capital has been included in the recent DAP though it was out of the DAP of 2010.

However, the Rajuk (Rajdhani Unnyayan Kartripakkha) is not giving him no objection certificate for building a house in his plot, saying that a 200-feet road will be constructed through his land plot. In the petition, the lawyer prayed to the HC to stay the effectiveness of new DAP.

Eunus Ali Akond told media the HC may hold hearing on the petition within few days.

On August 22, the government published a gazette notification for the Detailed Area Plan (DAP) of 1,528 square kilometres under areas of Rajuk to meet the housing needs in the capital.

The new DAP aims to consolidate relatively small plots by keeping sufficient open space as there is a shortage of land in the city.  

With the new gazette, the effectiveness of the old DAP was reportedly abolished on that day, so the new DAP, effective from 2016 to 2035, will remain valid from now.