Bonanza for environment department
The report in your newspaper on October 3 states that around 90 per cent high-rise buildings have no environmental clearances. This could be a welcome inward cash flow for the Department of Environment to milk from building owners without clearances. Reportedly, Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha has issued clearances to more than 11,800 such unauthorised high rises. However, Rajuk’s member planning states that it is not their fault if the environment department issues fake certificates of clearances. As far as my knowledge goes, one needs clearance from fire brigade and also the civil aviation authorities, as many areas of Uttara, Baridhara, Bashundhara, new DOHS and other such areas fall under the safe landing and take-off cones for the runways of old Tejgaon and the international airport at Uttara.
Maybe now, the environment department can make hay while the sun shines, improving both the image of its officials while they have some private ‘cash inflow’ and the path of retrospective clearances is arranged with dealings under the table. Rajuk officials cannot be blamed in this case, since clearances are issued on the standard typewritten sheets of papers that are so easy to forge and produce. Not even a letter head giving the offices address, phone, email or other contact particulars are provided. As far as the building owner is concerned, he or she depends on the final Rajuk clearance, and the responsibility lies with Rajuk.
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