Annual doa mahfil at Bashundhara City
Shop Owners’ Association of Bashundhara City Shopping Mall on Monday organised the annual doa mahfil and discussion at its office on level 4 of the country’s largest mall.
President of the Association MA Hannan Azad presided over the event while adviser (technical) to the chairman of Bashundhara Group TIM Latiful Hossain, also in-charge of Bashundhara City Development Limited (BCDL), attended it as the chief guest.
Speaking on the occasion, Latiful Hossain said the recent incident of fire in the mega mall has caused huge losses for both shop owners as well as the BCDL authority.
Despite having the state-of-the-art technology and sophisticated fire extinguishing system, the fire spread so rapidly, which is really very unfortunate, he said.
“Side by side the government investigation, we are also carrying out an investigation to establish the real cause,” Latiful Hossain said.
He said the incident of fire is nothing but an accident, as the fire sometimes breaks out in those shopping malls equipped with advanced fire-extinguishing system in the developed countries. He urged all concerned to stay alert in the future.
Latiful said the members of the fire brigade, BCDL’s own fire-fighting team and members of Shop Owners’ Association battled hard to bring the fire under control, which helped reduce the extent of damage.
“The chairman of Bashundhara Group himself constantly inquired about the repair and renovation work. Because of cordial effort by the authority of Bashundhara Group, it has been possible to re-open the mall only nine days after the closure,” he added.
He said two blocks of level-6 and level-7 are yet to reopen because it will take some more time to repair them.
He said a high-powered technical expert team from Thailand has arrived and they will examine to what extent the structure of the roof of level-6 has been damaged. If they say that the roof needs to be reconstructed, then it will take a lot of money and time, he added.
At the programme, President of the Association MA Hannan Azad announced a grant of Tk 10,000 for each of the owners of 106 shops at level-6 who have lost everything in the fire.