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Plans to fence parliament suspended

Update : 12 Mar 2014, 08:34 PM

The authorities have temporarily halted the move to erect security fence around the parliament building until the original master plan is collected from the US.

Two weeks ago, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had a meeting with officials of the Public Works Department, the Department of Architecture and security wing of the parliament, where she enquired about the construction of the fence.

She also asked them whether the fencing would hamper the proposed construction of the metro rail link that goes along the eastern side of Jatiya Sangsad Avenue.

The officials told the premier that they did not have the original plan of the building and it would cost Tk85 lakh to get a copy from architect Luis I Kahn’s son.

“Such a cost should not hold up the project,” Hasina told the officials and ordered the Department of Architecture to get the copy as soon as possible.

“We have suspended the construction of the fence until we get the original copy of the master plan,” Selim Khan, executive engineer of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban, told the Dhaka Tribune.

Meanwhile, the public works department has already marked a straight line with red flags from the northern side of Sangsad Avenue to the southern end of the parliament premises.

The line is around 30 feet inside the proposed fencing point.

Metro rail route

According to the Parliament Secretariat sources, the public works department has assessed that the existing boundary wall on the eastern side has encroached at least 30 feet of the Sangsad Avenue, which should have been 150 feet. At present, the road is 120 feet.

Starting in Pallabi of Mirpur, the proposed metro rail route is set to cross along the eastern side of the Sangsad Avenue and take a left-turn near Ispahani Eye Hospital and head toward Sayedabad.

Environmentalists and architects raised concerns over the construction of the metro rail project for alleged violation of Kahn’s design.

An official of the Parliament Secretariat said the technical experts on the metro rail project would examine the site and go for construction of the infrastructure upon instruction from the prime minister who would examine the original plan.

One of the largest legislative complexes in the world, the parliament building comprises 215 acres of land. It was inaugurated on January 28, 1982. 

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