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Case Number: Writ Petition No. 1683 of 2014

Date of filing: 2014/02/19


Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA)


  1. Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Public Works
  2. Secretary, Ministry of Land
  3. Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forest
  4. Secretary, Ministry of Home
  5. Director General, Department of Environment
  6. Deputy Commissioner, Narayangonj
  7. Director (Monitoring and Enforcement), Department of Environment
  8. UpazillaNirbahi Officer, SonargaonUpazilla, Narayangonj
  9. Assistant Commissioner (Land), SonargaonUpazilla, Narayangonj
  10. Deputy Director, Department of Environment, Narayangonj
  11. Managing Director, Unique Property Development Ltd. Dhaka


‘SonargaonUpazilla’ of Narayangonj has been subjected to unregulated development where agricultural land, low-lying areas and wetlands are being indiscriminately filled up by few to implement their unauthorised development ventures (Sonargaon Resort City).


Date: 02/03/2014


The High Court issued a Rule Nisi upon the respondents to show cause as to why the respondents should not be directed to protect the agricultural land, wetlands, low land at SonargaonUpazilla of Narayangonj from unauthorised earth filling for Sonargaon Resort City and to prevent further earth filling and why they should not be directed to realise the compensation for villagers.


Mr. Justice Mirza Hussain Haider
Mr. Justice Muhammad KhurshidAlam Sarkar

Area of law

Accountability and Institutional Reform


‘Sonargaon Resort City’ case

Relevant statute

Bangladesh Environmental Conservation, 1995;

Environmental Conservation Rules, 1997;

Bangladesh Land Holding Limitation Order, 1972;

Land Reforms Ordinance, 1984

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