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Case Number: Writ Petition No. 8325 of 2014
Date of filing: 2014/09/09
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Petitioners

Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA)

Respondents
  1. Secretary, Ministry of Land
  2. Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forest
  3. Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources
  4. Secretary, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock
  5. Secretary, Ministry of LGRD and Co-operative Division
  6. Chairman, National River Protection Commission
  7. Divisional Commissioner, Chittagong
  8. Director General, Department of Environment
  9. Director General, Bangladesh Water Development Board
  10. Deputy Commissioner, Cox’s Bazar
  11. UpazillaNirbahi Officer, Cox’s Bazar
  12. Director, Department of Environment, Chittagong
  13. Assistant Director, Department of Environment, Cox’s Bazar
  14. Mayor, Cox’s Bazar
  15. Assistant Commissioner (Land), Cox’s Bazar
Facts

‘Bakkhali River’ at Cox’s Bazar used to shelter hundreds of sea vessels and protect the local populace from natural calamities. It was also known for its rich fisheries. The existence of this river was exposed to serious threat by encroachments and pollutions caused by various individuals, commercial entities and public agencies.

Rule/Order/Judgment
Date: 16/09/2014


Details

The High Court issued a Rule Nisi on the respondents to show cause as to why they should not be directed to declare the ‘BakkhaliRiver’ as Ecological Critical Area and thereby protect it by demarcating its boundary as per CS maps and original and present current flows and protect it from the hands of illegal polluters and encroachers and bring back the coastal forests on both side, and also why the yshould not be directed to ban leasing out any part of it for any other purpose.

Justices

Mr. Justice Mirza Hussain Haider

Mr. Justice Md. Ataur Rahman Khan



Database Last Updated on: 2017-02-12 15:26:45
Area of law
Environment,
Accountability and Institutional Reform
Keywords
‘Bakkhali River’ case
Relevant statute

Constitution, Articles 13, 18A, 21, 31 and 32;

Protection and Conservation of Fish Act, 1950;

Protection and Conservation of Fish Act, 1985;

Bangladesh Environmental Conservation, 1995;

Environmental Conservation Rules, 1997;

মহানগরী, বিভাগীয় শহর ও জেলা শহরের পউর এলাকাসহ দেশের সকল পউর এলাকার মাঠ, উম্মুক্ত স্থান, উদ্যান এবং প্রাকৃতিক জলধার সংরক্ষণ আইন, ২০০০;

Bangladesh Water Development Act, 2000;

Bangladesh Water Act, 2013;

জাতীয় নদী রক্ষা কমিশন আইন, ২০১৩;

Land Management Manual, 1990





Case Number: Writ Petition No. 8325 of 2014
Date of filing: 2014/09/09

Petitioners

Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA)

Respondents
  1. Secretary, Ministry of Land
  2. Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forest
  3. Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources
  4. Secretary, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock
  5. Secretary, Ministry of LGRD and Co-operative Division
  6. Chairman, National River Protection Commission
  7. Divisional Commissioner, Chittagong
  8. Director General, Department of Environment
  9. Director General, Bangladesh Water Development Board
  10. Deputy Commissioner, Cox’s Bazar
  11. UpazillaNirbahi Officer, Cox’s Bazar
  12. Director, Department of Environment, Chittagong
  13. Assistant Director, Department of Environment, Cox’s Bazar
  14. Mayor, Cox’s Bazar
  15. Assistant Commissioner (Land), Cox’s Bazar
Facts

‘Bakkhali River’ at Cox’s Bazar used to shelter hundreds of sea vessels and protect the local populace from natural calamities. It was also known for its rich fisheries. The existence of this river was exposed to serious threat by encroachments and pollutions caused by various individuals, commercial entities and public agencies.


Rule/Order/Judgment
Date: 16/09/2014:
Details

The High Court issued a Rule Nisi on the respondents to show cause as to why they should not be directed to declare the ‘BakkhaliRiver’ as Ecological Critical Area and thereby protect it by demarcating its boundary as per CS maps and original and present current flows and protect it from the hands of illegal polluters and encroachers and bring back the coastal forests on both side, and also why the yshould not be directed to ban leasing out any part of it for any other purpose.

Justices

Mr. Justice Mirza Hussain Haider,  

Mr. Justice Md. Ataur Rahman Khan



Reference

Area of law
Environment,  Accountability and Institutional Reform

Keywords
‘Bakkhali River’ case

Relevant statute

Constitution, Articles 13, 18A, 21, 31 and 32;

Protection and Conservation of Fish Act, 1950;

Protection and Conservation of Fish Act, 1985;

Bangladesh Environmental Conservation, 1995;

Environmental Conservation Rules, 1997;

মহানগরী, বিভাগীয় শহর ও জেলা শহরের পউর এলাকাসহ দেশের সকল পউর এলাকার মাঠ, উম্মুক্ত স্থান, উদ্যান এবং প্রাকৃতিক জলধার সংরক্ষণ আইন, ২০০০;

Bangladesh Water Development Act, 2000;

Bangladesh Water Act, 2013;

জাতীয় নদী রক্ষা কমিশন আইন, ২০১৩;

Land Management Manual, 1990


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