CONSTRUCTING 130-STOREY SKYSCRAPER AT PURBACHAL: None shows interest

Rajuk makes fresh call for auction of 60-acre land to construct it

Staff Correspondent

No local and foreign construction firms have showed interest to construct a proposed 130-storey iconic skyscraper on 60 acres of land at Purbachal New Town project of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha.
The auction for leasing out of 60 acres of land at sector No. 19 in Purbacha to construct the skyscraper was scheduled for May 10 but Rajuk could not hold the auction as no auctioneers submitted offers.
Rajuk officials said that housing and public works minister and the Rajuk officials had expected that they would get overwhelmed response from the local and foreign firms for participating in the auction.
They said only four companies bought auction documents from Rajuk but none of them submitted their offers before the deadline expired on May 5.
They also said that the construction companies might have showed disinterest due to the high base value of per acre of land.
Rajuk has fixed base value of per acre of land at around Tk 21 crore.
Ujjwal Mallick, additional project director for Purbachal New Town, told New Age on Wednesday that they had already made a second call for auction of the 60-acre land at Purbachal to construct a 130-storey skyscraper as the authorities could not hold auction on May 10.
According to the second call, which was made on May 21, the start date for selling auction documents is May 30 and last date for submission of auction documents is 12 noon on June 28.
The auction will be held at 2pm on June 28.
The housing and public works ministry in November last year agreed to give 60 acres of land at Purbachal for the skyscraper following a proposal from finance minister AMA Muhith on behalf of US-based KPC Group to construct the 130-storey building.
The ministry, however, decided to go for an open auction to lease out the 60 acres land for construction of the skyscraper to avoid legal problems in future, instead of awarding the work to KPC Group through an agreement.
A senior Rajuk official said that Rajuk had a primary decision to award the KPC Group owned by Kali Pradip Chaudhuri, a Bangladeshi expatriate from Sylhet, the land for construction of the skyscraper.
But, he said, surprisingly the KPC did neither buy the auction documents nor submit the offer for construction of the skyscraper.
The Rajuk official said that the Bangladesh army was now trying to convince the KPC Group to construct a tower at its Jolshiri housing project.

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