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Another 30 storied tower next to the Bangladesh Bank complex in Motijheel.

“DR Tower Extension” Project is planned to be a LEED Certified twin building project constructed on a 1.7 acres area of land.

This commercial edifice will be located within the area of Purana Paltan surrounded by Bangladesh Bank Headquarter, Metro Rail Station (ongoing), Bangabandhu National Stadium, Stock Exchange, Bangladesh Government Secretariat Office within 200 meters of radius.

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• 16 storied 5-star hotel, measuring about 191,000 sft.
• 30 storied state of the art ultra-modern commercial building, measuring about 650,000 sft
• Land Orientation: North Facing
• Number of Basements: 03

 

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Jalalabad House is a typical luxury condominium development in Gulshan, Dhaka, developed from former single family alocated plots. The condos are typically 4000 to 5000 square feet in area. Architectural and interior design was by the locally renowned Vitti (Vitti Sthopoti Brindo).

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New private Inland Container Depot approved to enhance Chittagong Port capacity
DAULAT AKHTER MALA | Published: October 26, 2021 08:25:41 | Updated: October 26, 2021 11:16:21
File photo used only for representation
File photo used only for representation


The National Board of Revenue (NBR) approved a new private inland container depot (ICD) in a bid to enhance container-handling capacity in the Chattogram Port.

The ICD would be set up at an estimated cost of Tk 3.0 billion. It is 41 km away from the zero point of the port.

The NBR's Customs Wing approved Baylink Containers Limited's bid on Sunday to establish the off-doc, tagging some conditions to meet compliances.

It declared proposed area of the ICD as customs bonded area following applications of the company, no objection certificates of the Ministry of Shipping and the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA), and recommendations from the Chittagong Customs House.

According to the NBR's conditions, the proposed off-doc has to be established on 15 acres of land. It has to be constructed at least 20 kilometres away from the port area.

The proposed ICD must have capacity to handle at least 4,500 TEUs of containers. There must be sufficient and proper shades, yards and examination shades to handle and store import-export and empty containers separately.

The ICD must have auction yard, bank and infrastructure facilities as well as connectivity with Asycuda World of customs. At the beginning, the ICD will be allowed to handle empty and export goods-loaded containers.

A senior customs official said they approved the new ICD, considering necessity of more off-docs to handle export-import goods.

The new off-doc would help to enhance capacity of container handling in the port and ease congestion, he added.

Currently, there are some 19 ICDs in the Chattogram Port, handling all export goods and 38 import goods.

The CPA, on several occasions, recommended the NBR to allow the ICDs to handle all types of goods in line with the international best practice.

Earlier, the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) alleged higher cost and time to get imported products released from the ICDs, compared to that of the port charges, when the NBR allowed those to handle all imported products during the pandemic-induced lockdown.

Talking to the FE, Nurul Qayyum Khan, president of the Bangladesh Inland Container Depots Association (BICDA), said more ICDs are needed to handle goods.

"The private off-docs are allowed to handle only a few non-RMG import products. So, the (BGMEA's) allegations on higher cost and time are not valid in this case."

He also said each of the ICDs needs huge investment, and naturally their cost might be higher than that of the government entities.
"We have extended all-out support during the lockdown to keep supply chain uninterrupted," he added.

Mohammad Omar Faruk, the CPA secretary, said there might be transition from the ports to the ICDs for taking delivery of imported products.
The private ICDs have to create similar facilitates like the ports to encourage private sector to use those.

A source, involved with construction of the new ICD, said construction of the off-doc was delayed due to (delay in getting) the NBR's approval.
High-ups of the new ICD met the Chittagong customs commissioner on Monday to proceed further, he added.
 

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Fair Group (Hyundai and Samsung partner in Bangladesh opened a 3S center of excellence in Savar. They also plan to establish a low-volume assembly facility nearby for various Hyundai passenger vehicles in Bangladesh (5000 units per year initially). The price for an imported 2021 Hyundai Elantra in Bangladesh is currently Taka 37,00,000/- with VAT applied. After local assembly is activated, the price could come down substantially with reductions in Tariff.

 
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This is from Longjian Bridge Company site (except the photos which could not be linked). Also pardon the translation.

The Payra LebuKhali Bridge was built in Patuakhali which connects Dhaka with Payra Port, the third ocean port (so far) in Bangladesh. The bridge is 200 KM away from Dhaka in the South of the country. The Bridge is a suspension bridge and just for reference, is slightly double the length of the Vidyasagar bridge in Kolkata which is also a cable-stayed suspension bridge. The complex seen on the left is a Bangladesh Defence Training installation.




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Bengal Payra Bridge (LebuKhali Bridge) was completed and opened to traffic.

On October 24, 2021 local time, the Bengal Payra Bridge (LebuKhali Bridge) was completed and opened to traffic, and the desire of the people on both sides of the strait to cross the river for many years has finally come true.

On the same day, the opening ceremony was grandly held at the construction site on the LebuKhali side of Pella Bridge. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina attended the ceremony virtually and delivered a speech via video.

Officials from the central and local governments of Bangladesh, the owners, the supervision team, all the builders of Longjian shares and people from all walks of life in China and Bangladesh participated in the ceremony.



The Bengal Payra Bridge (LebuKhali Bridge) has a total length of 1,470 meters and a main span of 200 meters. The bored piles of the main bridge are 130 meters long, which is equivalent to a 43-storey building. The project uses 166,000 tons of steel bars as a whole, which is equivalent to the use of steel bars for 4 bird’s nests; the concrete consumption is 249,600 cubic meters, which is equivalent to the construction of a National Grand Theater.

It has set a number of records in Bangladesh, including the largest bored pile diameter, the longest pile length, the largest cap volume, the largest main bridge span, the highest concrete strength, and the shortest cast-in-place box girder construction period.

Behind this series of "Bangladesh's best" is the wisdom and sweat of the builders of Longjian.

In April 2016, Longjian signed a bridge construction contract with the Ministry of Transport of Bangladesh;
In July 2016, the bridge officially started construction;
In February 2017, the first test pile was poured;
In October 2019, the first underwater pier of the main bridge was erected from the ground;
In March 2020, the first main tower of the main bridge was successfully topped;
In March 2021, the high-precision closure of the main bridge;
In October 2021, the bridge will be fully completed and opened to traffic.

In the past five years, the builders of Longjian Group have worked together to overcome one problem after another, which effectively guaranteed the on-schedule opening of the Payra Bridge (Lebukhali Bridge).

The builders of Longjian shares spent more than 1,500 days and nights fighting, using this ingenious bridge to hand over a full score to the people of Bangladesh, and prove to the world the strength and responsibility of Longjian shares. .

Bangladesh is located in the northern part of the Bay of Bengal. It is known as the "land of waters" and "the country of lotus ponds". It is one of the countries with the densest rivers in the world.

According to Hou Zhaotao, the project manager responsible for the construction of the Payra Bridge (LebuKhali Bridge) in Bangladesh, the project is large in size, heavy in tasks, and difficult.

A series of technical problems such as double-layer steel cage installation, pile bottom grouting, pile circumference grouting, etc., adopted the O-Cell pile foundation bearing capacity test recognized by international organizations to ensure the quality of the bridge pile foundation.

"Having the opportunity to participate in such a project is the most unforgettable memory in life", the builders of the Bengal Payra Bridge (LebuKhali Bridge) said emotionally. The international epidemic situation is severe, and the builders of Longjian shares have steadily promoted the remaining construction tasks to effectively ensure the quality and progress of the project, which has been widely praised by all sectors of society.

Obaidur Kader, Minister of Transport of Bangladesh, gave a high degree of recognition to the construction of the project when inspecting the project. Zhang Zuo, Chinese ambassador to Bangladesh, fully affirmed Long Jian's spirit of overcoming difficulties during the project inspection and guidance. Liu Zhenhua, Counselor of the Economic Counselling Office of the China Embassy in Bangladesh, said during the project research and guidance that Longjian is an excellent international enterprise and hopes to complete the bridge construction task as soon as possible to build a bridge of friendship between China and Bangladesh.

The Bangladesh Payra Bridge (LebuKhali Bridge) was completed and opened to traffic, which greatly improved the traffic conditions in southwestern Bangladesh and shortened the straight-line distance from the capital to the tourist city of Kuakata in the south. It plays an important role in strengthening the economic ties between North and South, improving the efficiency of seaborne trade and transportation at Payra Port, and promoting the regional economic construction of southwestern Bangladesh and the international development of Bangladesh. The passage of the bridge has allowed countless Bangladeshi people to leap forward from dreams to reality for cross-strait interoperability.

Thirty years ago, the Buriganga China-Bangladesh Friendship Highway Bridge built by Longjian shares connected the hearts of the Chinese and Bangladeshi people.

Today, thirty years later, the Payra Bridge (LebuKhali Bridge) connected by the builders of Longjian shares witnesses the bright future of the two countries together with the people of Bangladesh. The Payra Bridge (LebuKhali Bridge) in Bangladesh polishes Longjian’s overseas business card.

In the future, Longjian is confident to participate in more overseas projects, walk hand in hand with the world, and make great strides in the grand journey of realizing dreams.

Source of information: Sun Long , Parallel Bridge Project Department, Long Jianyi Company
 
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A legacy of Bangladeshi architecture on show at the Dhaka Art Summit

’Architecture in Bangladesh’, part of the second edition of the Dhaka Art Summit, looks at the legacy of modernist architects Muzharul Islam and Louis Kahn, alongside the role of architecture in building national identity. Pictured: SA Residence in Dhaka, 2010, designed by Shatotto.

In the wake of partition, the Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru enlisted Le Corbusier to build a new Punjab capital. The result, of course, was Chandigarh. A decade or so later, the Pakistani government led by Ayub Khan invited their own super-star architect (Muzharul Islam) to built a new National Assembly for East Pakistan in Dhaka. Louis Kahn got the gig, though Le Corbusier and Alvar Aalto were apparently also considered.

Work started on Kahn’s complex in 1964 but it would take two decades to complete, by which time East Pakistan was Bangladesh and Kahn was eight-years dead. It is, though, his finest building; massive and seemingly out of the past and out of the future all at once.

From a western standpoint, it is easy to imagine that Kahn’s modernism was a complete novelty in the country. But ’Architecture in Bangladesh’ – part of the third edition of the Dhaka Art Summit and curated by the Pompidou’s Aurélien Lemonier – makes clear that the country had already developed a domestic ‘humanist modernity’, particularly in the work of Muzharul Islam.

Islam had already designed a number of public buildings before the call went out to Khan. Indeed, it was Islam who had initially been tasked with the designing the National Assembly building and it was his idea to enlist Kahn, who had taught him at Yale (he would also bring Richard Neutra, Stanley Tigerman, Paul Rudolph, Robert Boughey and Constantinos Doxiadis to Bangladesh).

Lemonier’s exhibition looks at the legacy of Islam and Kahn, the role of architecture in building national identity and the later attempt to integrate culture, history and archeology to year-zero modernism. Crucially for Lemonier though, the exhibition is more than anything a showcase for a new generation of Bangladeshi architects whose concern is less the ‘horizontal axis of history’, as he puts it, than the ‘vertical axis of geography’. And Lemonier insists that architects in Europe and the US have a lot to learn from their response to the geography, in terms of sustainability, water management, and urban development.


Completed in 2010, the SA Residence is a modernist private home. Photography: Daniele Domenicani



The exhibition, which is curated by the Pompidou’s Aurélien Lemonie, also takes a closer look at Louis Kahn’s landmark National Assembly for East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) in Dhaka.



Pictured: National Assembly Building of Bangladesh, 1961–1982, by Louis Kahn Architects




Baitur Rauf Jame Mosque, completed 2010, by Marina Tabassum Architects


Baitur Rauf Jame Mosque, completed 2010, by Marina Tabassum Architects


Column of water, Museum of Independence, Dhaka, by URBANA (Kashef Chowdhury and Marina Tabassum). Photography: Kashef Chowdhury


Roofscape of the Friendship Centre, 2011, by Kashef Chowdhury. Photography: Helene Binet


Pavilions and pools within the Friendship Centre, 2011, by Kashef Chowdhury. Photography: Helene Binet


Mosque within Chittagong University, by URBANA
 

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some well deserved criticism

Analysis: Why Bangladesh needs affordable housing
Alfonso Garcia Mora, Hector Gomez Ang
  • Published at 05:34 pm October 23rd, 2021
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Bangladesh is struggling to provide adequate housing at a pace that matches its rapid urban growth
Bangladesh has been a development success story.
A remarkable export-oriented expansion of the garments sector and robust inflows of remittances propelled strong economic growth and rapid poverty reduction.
Now, as the country celebrates 50 years of independence, it seeks to become an upper-middle-income economy in the next decade.
This will require maintaining strong rates of economic growth amidst the existential threat from climate change.
Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change in the world.
With rising threats of climate change in coastal areas and limited income opportunities in rural areas, around 20 million people are expected to migrate, many of them to cities.
Such massive rural-urban migration will put huge pressure on already stretched urban infrastructure with congested roads, inadequate sanitation and acute housing deficits in urban areas.
The housing gap
Bangladesh is struggling to provide adequate housing at a pace that matches its rapid urban growth.
Approximately 12 million urban households (69% of Bangladesh’s urban population) still reside in informal houses.
Meanwhile, the cost of apartments in major cities has skyrocketed because of land prices and rising cost of construction materials.
According to an assessment by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the demand for urban affordable housing is estimated to increase from 6 to 10.5 million units by 2030.
In contrast, only 17,000 units were available on the market in 2019.
Based on this study, there is a need to upgrade or build 3.5 million affordable housing units in the immediate term (and additional units in the longer term to meet demands), which could require around $59 billion of new investments.
This would generate important positive externalities in industries such as construction materials, house maintenance and housing finance, while increasing utility revenues for the government and creating new jobs at a large scale.
While housing can make a significant contribution to creating jobs, several challenges constrain the sector’s growth despite strong interest by developers and financial institutions in building affordable and green housing.
Both the public and private sectors need to work together to find solutions.
There is also a need for reforms supported by a clear national vision and roadmap.
IFC has considerable expertise in this area with an aggregated exposure of $2.2 billion over 60 committed projects in the housing sector worldwide as of 2020; and $737 million committed in 21 projects in South Asia alone.
Areas for reforms
For many in Bangladesh, obtaining financing for affordable housing remains a challenge.
Most individuals do not have adequate savings for a down payment and lack documentary proof of income due to the informal nature of jobs.
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Mortgage finance penetration in Bangladesh’s housing market is low at 3% of gross domestic product (compared with 10% in India and 50-70% in developed countries) and mostly concentrated in the upper-income segment.
Strong financial institutions as well as conducive and prudent banking and housing sector regulations are needed.
In addition, given the long maturity of these assets and the banks’ reliance on short-term funding sources, it is critical to introduce adequate instruments that would allow financial institutions to be more active in the housing market without increasing the risks of the system.
Developing the bond market and allowing non-bank financial institutions (NBFIs) to borrow foreign capital will encourage financiers to invest in long-term assets.
Longer-term funding from both local and foreign sources will also improve extension of housing finance.
Regulatory reforms to boost the supply of housing—housing planning, digitization of land records, and simplification of land registration processes—can also help lead to increased mortgage penetration in the country.
A lack of affordable land in densely populated urban centers deters private sector developers from building affordable housing units within city boundaries.
Developing affordable housing plans around industrial zones and in peripheral areas of the cities could be a solution if coupled with improved transport connectivity for easier commutes, as has been done in many countries globally.
Successful models of affordable housing through public-private partnerships are prevalent in other emerging economies in the region and have supported economic recovery.
Bangladesh also could explore this approach, which can help strengthen the country’s affordable housing sector.
Post-Covid resilient recovery

Bangladesh has weathered the Covid-19 crisis better than other countries in Asia, maintaining positive rates of economic growth in the past two years.
Still, the pandemic generated major economic disruptions and amplified some of the structural weaknesses related to economic diversification and the financial sector.
Now, as the country emerges from the pandemic, the housing sector could become an important engine of growth.
The development of the affordable housing sector is already included in Bangladesh’s 8th Five-Year plan.
Incentivizing uptake of green technologies in the affordable housing sector can also support the government’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) economy-wide target of achieving 15% relative greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction compared to business-as-usual by 2030.
Builders and financiers can take advantage of IFC’s landmark certification initiative, Edge (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies), which provides a standardized green performance certification system as well as access to MAGC (Market Accelerator for Green Construction), and a pool of blended finance and technical assistance funds to incentivize green construction.
Most importantly, a safe place to stay is our fundamental right. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 is about making “cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.”
Investments in the affordable housing sector can also help achieve co-related and positive outcomes in health and education, while ensuring green, inclusive and sustainable growth.
IFC is ready to be part of this exciting journey and partner with public and private stakeholders to ensure everyone in Bangladesh has a place called home.

Alfonso Garcia Mora is regional vice president for Asia and Pacific, and Hector Gomez Ang is regional director for South Asia at the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, and the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets.
 

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Upper Middle class housing in Dhanmandi, Dhaka - Rangs Ulania.

Luxury Housing in Gulshan, Dhaka - Bay's Westlake
 

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Karwan bazaar area Metro 6 line viaduct section assembly. Viaducts are really tall in this area, to accommodate multiple planned crosswalks and a Metro station near the corner where Beximco offices, Titas Gas HQ and Bashundhara City are located.

As usual, incessant honking (in 50 years they could not ban it!) and drivers and pedestrians both disobeying traffic rules with abandon. Rickshaws and mangled unfit buses still plying the roads, slowing traffic down. Largest intersection in the city, no traffic lights. :-)

One big Cluster of a situation.

Re: the viaduct section assembly, maybe @bluesky bhai could tell us how they go together. (Post tension?)

 
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Rainy Day air spotting at CGP/VGEG Chittagong, courtesy of Shadman Al-Samee.





















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A rare Piaggio Avanti based in Dhaka, not very many in the subcontinent I bet...
 

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Oh the day we said final good bye to the beloved Biman DC-10-30. In Birmingham. Still fondly remembered....she served us well....

 

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