New eco park wall collapses in six weeks | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, July 12, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, July 12, 2019

New eco park wall collapses in six weeks

Hardly one and a half months after construction, boundary wall of Tentulia Eco Park under the forest department collapsed on July 5. 

The office of Dinajpur forest department invited tender for construction of the boundary wall in January this year, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Abdur Rahman said.

Bidyut Enterprise, Dinajpur, won the bid and got work order in the same month and the construction work was completed in last week of May, he said.

But the official failed to provide the specific dates of the tender floating and issuance of the work order.  

Locals alleged that the wall collapsed during a moderate rain as it was constructed in an unplanned way without opinion of experts and substandard materials were used for the purpose. 

Seeking anonymity, an official said the DFO was personally involved in the supervision of the construction work, without taking help of any engineer or expert.    

Refuting the allegation of using substandard materials, Abul Kalam Azad, owner of the construction firm, told this correspondent, “We built the wall properly. But it collapsed as rainwater collected in a hole outside the wall created extra pressure.”

Replying to a query, he said, “Our security money is still deposited and we will rebuild the collapsed portion of the wall.” 

Tentulia Upazila Nirbahi Officer Saniul Ferdous said, “I had suggested the DFO to use pillars for construction of the boundary wall as there is a ditch nearby. But he ignored my suggestion.”

The DFO did not make any comment when asked about the allegation of building the wall without proper planning or taking assistance from experts.

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