Establishment of Hats and Bazars
2. (1) No person shall establish any hat or bazar in Bangladesh.
(2) Nothing in sub-section (1) shall prevent the Government or any local authority from establishing any hat or bazar:
Provided that prior approval of the Deputy Commissioner shall, in the case of a local authority, be necessary.
[Explanation:- In sub-section (2), “local authority” shall have same meaning as defined in clause 28 of section 3 of the General Clauses Act, 1897
(X of 1897), or any other authority legally entitled to, or entrusted by the Government with, the control of management of a local fund.]
(3) Any hat or bazar established in contravention of the provisions of sub-sections (1) and (2) including the land on which such hat or bazar is established and all interests therein shall be forfeited to the Government:
Provided that where any hat or bazar has been so established on any land by a person or persons other than the owner of the land without the consent of such owner, the land shall not be forfeited, but it shall be lawful for the Deputy Commissioner,-
(i) to remove the hat or bazar from the land, by using such force as may be necessary, or
(ii) to take over the land on behalf of the Government on payment to the owner the market value of the land immediately before the establishment of the hat or bazar to be determined in the manner prescribed by the rules, or
(iii) to issue a licence to the owner permitting him to continue the hat or bazar for such period and on payment of such fees and on such terms and conditions as may be prescribed by rules.