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Case Number: Writ Petition No. 7616 of 2011

Date of filing: 2011/08/21


Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA)


  1. Mayor, Chittagong City Corporation
  2. Secretary, Ministry of Environment
  3. Secretary, Ministry of Land
  4. Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Public Works
  5. Divisional Commissioner, Chittagong
  6. Chairman, Chittagong Development Authority
  7. Director General, Department of Environment
  8. Deputy Commissioner, Chittagong
  9. Deputy Commissioner, Cox’s Bazar
  10. Deputy Commissioner, Bandarban
  11. Deputy Commissioner, Rangamati
  12. Deputy Commissioner, Khagrachhari
  13. Commissioner of Police, Chittagong
  14. Director, Department of Environment, Chittagong


Illegal and indiscriminate cutting of hills (including hillocks) caused ecological imbalance in Chittagong including the city area and other hilly districts namely Cox’s Bazar, Bandarban, Rangamati and Khagrachhari, and this area lost its natural heritage and pacifying environmental appeal, and the poor and destitute populace living at the foot of the hill rehabilitated improperly.


Date: 19/03/2012


The High Court directed the public functionary respondents to take effective, inviolable and infallible steps to stop unauthorised hill cutting and razing, and directed them to stop any unauthorised housing projects and brick fields on hill razed land, to stop deforestation and to ensure the constant flow of natural bio-diversity in the hilly areas.  


Mr. Justice A.H.M. Shamsuddin Choudhury
Mr. Justice Jahangir Hossain

Area of law

Accountability and Institutional Reform


‘Hill Cutting’ case

Relevant statute

Constitution, Articles 21, 31, 32 and 102;

Building Construction Act, 1952;

Bangladesh Environment Conservation Act, 1995 (Act No. 1 of 1995);

Chittagong Development Authority Ordinance, 1959

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