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City facelift for World T20 still going on

Update : 18 Apr 2014, 08:39 PM

The road from Mirpur 11 to Kalshi became important during the ICC World T20 because foreign cricket fans staying in Radisson and Regency hotels came to the Mirpur stadium using this road.

It was part of a project undertaken to give the capital a facelift before the sporting event. However, nearly two weeks after the end of the event, the beautification work on the road is still going on.

On Wednesday, this reporter found that the works for widening the road and installing street lights had still not been completed, with the deadline being missed by more than a month.

Local residents alleged that the implementers had been slow in doing the work. The people travelling to the Mirpur Stadium along this road during the event had to glide past all kinds of ditches, heaps of soil, and dust for nearly a month.

Akbar Hossain, who lives near the Kalshi Graveyard, said: “The contractor’s negligence and lack of monitoring from the city corporation are to be blamed for the meaningless delay in work.”

Around noon on Wednesday, this reporter saw that only five labourers were working at the site.

Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) began the beautification work in early February, following approval from the government on January 19.

The ICC World T20 began on March 16 and ended on April 6. The project was supposed to be fully implemented by March 8.

Under the project, 23km road was supposed to be widened, streetlights, traffic signs and road markers were to be installed on 23.5km road, and 20.5km road was to be beautified.

The Local Government Department is implementing the Tk115 crore project, with Tk92 crore from the government exchequer and the remaining from DNCC funds.

Brig Gen Md Abul Khair, chief engineer of DNCC, told the Dhaka Tribune that: “We were given only four-five weeks. Because there was not enough time, we could not complete some of the [beautification] works on time.”

Claiming 90% of the work had already been completed, he hoped to finish all the development work by June.

When Dhaka Tribune talked to him in February, he said he was confident that all the work could be finished by the March 8 deadline. 

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