Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) has started demolishing the building of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) on Wednesday.
Public Works and Housing Minister SM Rezaul Karim inaugurated the demolition activities of the BMGEA building around 12:45pm.
Rajuk officials, members of fire service and law enforcing agencies were present at that time.
Two teams comprising different organizations were formed to monitor the demolition activities and prevent probable accidents.
On April 3, 2011, the High Court ordered demolition of the 16-storey building as it was constructed in defiance of relevant laws, calling it a 'cancer' in the lake.
However, two days later, the Appellate Division stayed the order for six weeks and asked the BGMEA to file a leave to appeal petition against the verdict.
On March 19, 2013, the HC in its verdict ordered the relevant authorities to demolish the building within three months.
The court, in the verdict, directed the BGMEA to provide refunds for the buyers of floor space in the building within a year.
In April last year, the appellate bench of the Supreme Court ordered the BGMEA building be demolished after April 12 this year.