CDA asks owners to demolish illegal portions
Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) here yesterday sent two notices to the owners of the tilted building and its adjoining one located at Agrabad. The notices sought the building plans and designs of the two structures and directed to demolish the illegally extended portions of both.
However, dwellers of the tilted building Chand Nibash are continuing their stay as they and CDA officials saw no high risk.
Concerned official said Chand Nibash has been gradually tilting towards the adjoining six-storied building for a long time.
CDA Authorisation Officer AGM Selim told The Daily Star that during primary investigation, they found the building started tilting gradually for last couple of years, so there is no need to evacuate the dwellers immediately.
He said they found some deviations in construction of both the multi-storied buildings.
The buildings were constructed without a space of 4 feet from their boundaries, violating the CDA instruction, he said.
“We sent the two notices to each of the two building owners,” he said.
Mohammad Mahbub, living on the ground floor of Chand Nibash, said they have been living in this condition for two years.
CDA would formally send letter today to the existing seven-member CDA Technical Committee, formed to specify the quality of city buildings, to start investigation into the tilted building, said the sources.
Selim said, “To begin final investigation, we will send a letter to CDA Technical Committee on Thursday and all decision would be decided by them.”
Head of the committee Prof Jahangir Alam of Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology, who visited the spot on Tuesday evening, told The Daily Star that during piling of Reliance Plaza, no protection was ensured by the owner. As a result the adjoining Chand Nibash started tilting towards it slowly, he added.