MOTIJHEEL PARKING LOT
City corpn invites bids for leaseShahin Akhter
The Dhaka South City Corporation recently invited tenders to lease out its off-street multi storied parking lot at Motijheel Commercial Area five years after completion.
For parking cars the 37-story building named, City Centre, has seven dedicated floors.
DSCC estate department is to blame for leaving the badly needed parking lot in the busy down town unused for so long, said corporation officials.
The sheer inactivity of the estate department caused the undue delay in opening the parking lot, they said.
The parking lot occupies seven floors of the 37-story city corporation building, Bangladesh’s tallest.
In 2005, an undivided Dhaka City Corporation began construction of the building to ease traffic congestion in the ever busy down town.
Since 2009, when the construction was completed the parking lot came to no service, said several citizens having their places of work at Motijheel.
Belhasa Accom JV Ltd, a sister concern of Orion Group, built the high rise building with its own funds and had to wait until 2012 to get the gas and power supply connections before handing it over to DSCC.
DSCC officials said at least 1,500 cars are parked illegally on the busy roads and lanes Motijheel Commercial Area each day created huge traffic congestions.
The space good for 500 cars would be used by at least 1,200 each day, they said.
In early 2012, Orion Group handed over the high rise building to the city corporation, company official Khaled Masud told New Age.
DSCC superintendent engineer for traffic engineering Mohammad Ashiqur Rahman told New Age that the parking lot was handed over to the estate department of the corporation.
The delay in opening the parking lot since 2012 deprived DSCC of a huge revenue earning, he said.
On January 7, DSCC traffic engineering division sent a written request to the estate department to immediately open the parking lot to users.
The estate department was also asked to work out the loss incurred by DSCC since early 2012 for keeping the parking unused and ascertain the responsibility for the negligence.
DSCC chief estate officer Khalid Ahmed said that in the first week of February bidders were invited to drop their offers by February 27 at the latest for leasing out the parking lot.
In 1997, the undivided DCC took the plan to build the 37-story building with seven floors reserved for parking.
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