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Saturday, May 30, 2015, Jaishtha 16, 1422 BS, Shaban 11, 1436 Hijr

Risk Of Sundarban Hotel
Panthapath still blocked
Mayors blast NBL for ignoring safety issues
Published : Saturday, 30 May, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 24

Staff Correspondent
The CR Datta Road and a part of Panthapath in the capital city have remained off to traffic as Sundarban Hotel faces the risk of collapse due to piling works for a nearby structure on Wednesday
The Mayor of the Dhaka South City Corporation, Sayeed Khokon, on Friday said that the roads would reopen to vehicular movement by May 31.
The Mayors of Dhaka North and South City Corporations on Friday blasted the National Bank Limited authorities for ignoring to address the faulty construction in Karwan Bazaar. 
Their anger caused due to non-cooperation by the bank authorities to tackle Sundarban Hotel's crisis which now faces risk of being collapsed. 
Annisul Huq, Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), said that the authorities of the bank were not cooperating.
"Some officials of the bank came here (on the spot) on Wednesday. After that, none of them were found here. As the constructions have great urgent safety issues to address it is now they who should be more concerned and assist," Huq said.
"The risk is always there. The danger of the hotel building collapsing may intensify with rains. We are trying our best to overcome the risks," Huq added
Meanwhile, a six-member team of the army visited the spot in the morning on Friday to inspect the site.
"We so far dumped 1200 trucks of sand in the vacant place of the under construction building. I hope the hotel will be risk free soon," he also added.
Expressing his anger again, Annisul said, "If I, despite being a mayor, can remain here till 2:00 in the morning, why can't the bank authorities do the same?"
Mohammad Sayeed Khokon, Mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), expressed his dissatisfaction over non-cooperation of the bank authorities.
He also said that none would be spared of their responsibilities for the incident.
He said CR Datta Road and blocked part of the road at Panthapath would be opened for vehicular movement by May 31.
He said this during his visit at the site on Friday. "The roads have been blocked due to risk that has caused a massive gridlock, adding suffering of people."
 In response to a question, he said that the incident occurred due to indifference of RAJUK and the construction company and they would not be spared.
Some portion of the piling of an under construction building, Twin Tower, owned by the National Bank and parts of CR Datta Road caved in between 7:00 am and 7:30 am on Wednesday last.
For this reason, the adjacent Hotel Sundarban has been under threat of being collapsed.  Around 4:00pm on that day a part of the basement of the hotel also collapsed.
The city corporations and fire service have been working to save the hotel and avert further such incident.

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