The Daily Star
The government is all set to publish a gazette notification within next week to urgently conserve around one hundred buildings and sites that are parts of the country’s national heritage in the capital.
Buildings to be included in the gazette notification in old Dhaka are: Gol Talab (pond), Nawab Bari Mosque (close to Rajuk Bhaban), Ahsan Manjil, Weiz House (Weisghat), Madhur Canteen, Sir Salimullah Muslim Hall at DU.
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk), to this effect, sent the gazette notification on Tuesday to the government press for publication, sources said.
Once the gazette is published no enlisted heritage property can be demolished, reconstructed, altered, and modified in the name of development without approval of the government’s Nagar Unnyan Committee (NUC).
Dhaka Metropolitan Building Rules of 2008 requires approval of the special committee to implement any sort of land development and construction within 250-metre radius of a listed heritage site.
The authorities are thinking of introducing Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) to compensate the private owners affected due to his property being enlisted as heritage property, he said.
A person may still retain the heritage property under his or her ownership but will not be able to develop or alter it.