Alexa SC asks to demolish illegal hotel-motel at Cox’s Bazar beach

Dhaka, Monday   17 February 2020


SC asks to demolish illegal hotel-motel at Cox’s Bazar beach

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 10:04 PM, 23 December 2019   Updated: 11:25 PM, 23 December 2019

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The Supreme Court today has directed to demolish and remove all illegal structures including hotels and motels, about 15 km from Labani Point to Kalatali on Cox's Bazar beach.

The order is issued in a ruling published on the website of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Monday. The Appeal Bench, headed by the Chief Justice, passed the order.

The court has ruled that the government will have to create policies to protect the natural balance of the seaside for future generations. At the same time, the government has to keep an eye on whether anyone is leasing the seaside.

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said the verdict is a milestone, which will certainly be implemented. If anyone does not accept the verdict, the government will sue the court for contempt, the state's chief law officer said.

However, expressing dissatisfaction over the verdict, lawyer for hotel owners' Barrister Imranul Kabir said that it will reduce tourists in Cox's Bazar and tourism industries will be affected.

Cox's Bazar, the world's largest beach is the most fascinating place for both local and foreign tourists. About 20 three-star and five-star quality hotels have been established in the Zilenza area beside the beach. There are also numerous smaller hotels.

The government announced gazette siting 15-kilometer area from Labani Point to Kolatali in Cox's Bazar as an ecological crisis in 1999. But violating the rule many illegal establishments have been built in this area one after another.

The Appellate Division has canceled the lease of several hotels, including Hotel Simon and Sea Gales which built after 1999. These installations are ordered to be demolished.