Tk 330cr kitchen markets built by DCC left unused

Rashidul Hasan

12 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Three wholesale kitchen markets built in 2012 by former Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) in the capital’s Mohakali, Amin Bazar, Gabtali and Jatrabari at a cost of Tk 330 crore are now lying abandoned and facing an extinction threat.  

It seems the authorities concerned are not taking steps in this regard causing loss of huge money building the markets.  Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) sources said the markets were constructed to relocate Karwanbazar wholesale market in a bid to ease the perennial traffic congestion in the area. 

Virtually, the markets have been left uncared for seven years and now turned into dens of drug addicts and spots of anti-social activities.

In Aminbazar, the city corporation authorities constructed 549 shops on 12 acres of land in four blocks for a wholesale kitchen market. But, the structures are now being used for dumping vehicles where drug addicts reign.

During a recent to visit to the market, this correspondent saw plasters of the walls  fell apart and glasses shattered. Many shops in the underground are also turned into a haven for drug addicts.

Some shops are being used by the mechanical department of DNCC to store spare parts while the yards are being used to park the vehicles of its waste management department and mechanical engineering department.  Being abandoned for last five years, the market buildings took a ghostly look and much damaged happened to the buildings.

Scenarios in other markets are similar to Aminbazar market. 

Talking to Daily Sun, the superintending engineer of DNCC (Traffic Circle), Mohammad Arifur Rahman, also the project director, said, “As many as, 1,804 shops are located in Karwanbazar. As an alternative, we’ve built 895 shops in Jatrabari, 549 shops in Aminbazar and 360 shops in Mohakhali.”

“We’ve completed work on the markets in 2012. The maintenance work of Jatrabari market is going on,” he added.   DNCC’s chief estate officer Aminul Islam, said, “We’re yet to handed over the property and somewhere the construction work of the markets is still going on. We’ll sit with the committee concerned to resolve the issue.”

However, he couldn’t confirm when the committee will take over the charge of the markets. DNCC chief revenue officer Mohammad Abdul Hamid Mia said that he would be able to tell in details after handing over of the markets. Local government and rural development minister Tajul Islam said, “We’ve discussed recently for opening the markets.  We’ll discuss further with the respective mayors to find out a way.” DNCC mayor Atiqul Islam also echoed in a similar manner.