April 13, 2021

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Two buildings are examples of ‘waste’

Two beautiful buildings stand tall in the capital’s Agargaon as an example of how money is being wasted in the name of the project. The two buildings, built at a cost of Tk 314 crore, have been lying unused for almost two years. One of the two buildings is the post office building, the other is the National Science and Technology Complex of the Ministry of Science and Technology.

As much as the concerned ministries and departments were interested in constructing two beautiful buildings, now they are reluctant to go there. As a result, the building, which has been neglected for two years, has turned pale. There is a layer of dust on the building and the surrounding walls. No one can confirm when these two modern buildings will be used. Although the ministry and the postal department say they are awaiting the official inauguration of the two buildings.

National Science and Technology Complex
Between these two buildings located in Agargaon of the capital, the building named National Science and Technology Complex is behind the Election Commission building. The construction work of the 13-storey Drishtinandan building started in 2014 and ended in 2019. It cost 222 crore rupees to make. The building was intended to provide a platform for scientists in the country as well as to transfer the Ministry of Science and Technology from the Secretariat. But after the construction of the building, the officials and employees of the ministry are not interested to go there now.

Dak Bhaban in front of the National Science and Technology Complex. The beautiful 14-storey red building is the first to catch anyone’s eye. The building has been made in the form of a post box. The work of the building, which was constructed on a quarter of an acre of land at a cost of Tk 92 crore, was completed in July 2019. The building is intended for use as a post office. But now the officials and employees of the postal department are not agreeing to go there.

Why are the officials and employees of the two government agencies not agreeing to go to the new building? Finding out the reason for this, it is known that the officials and employees of the Ministry of Science and Technology think that if they move to the new building in Agargaon, they will be separated from the Secretariat. This will cut the secretariat-centric benefits they enjoy. Again, an influential section of the ministry’s staff thought about the distance from the secretariat to Agargaon. Because, these officers and employees, who have become accustomed to working in the secretariat for a long time, do not want to take the risk of going to Agargaon.

# Ministry of Science and Technology officials do not want to leave the secretariat for fear of losing influence and facilities
# Postal officials do not want to move for fear of losing their place in Gulistan
Asked about not going to the new building, Secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology Anwar Hossain told Prothom Alo, “We want the building to be officially inaugurated by the Prime Minister.” But due to Corona, the time of the Prime Minister is not matching. So we are not going there. ‘When the coroner drew attention to the relocation of the office to the Pani Bhaban at Panthapath, the building of the Tourism Corporation at Agargaon, the secretary said,’ We are trying to inaugurate the building quickly. ‘

The official explanation of the secretary was that the science and technology complex building was left unused. While searching for the reason for the unused ‘post building’ next to this building, it was found out that the officials and employees of the postal department were reluctant. At present the headquarters of the Postal Department is located at Gulistan in the capital, which is better known as the GPO (General Post Office) junction. The headquarters of the postal department and the local post office are located on five acres of land near Zero Point in the capital. Officials of the postal department fear that if Agargaon is shifted to the new building, this valuable place in Gulistan will be lost to them. So they are not agreeing to go to the new building for fear of losing this place. For this, the employees of the postal department have also made a movement not to go to the new building.

At a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) held on May 30, 2016, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina directed that the vacant space in Gulistan would be greened if the postal headquarters moved to Agargaon. So that the people of the area including Paltan and Motijheel can walk there. Officials and employees of the postal department have been fearing that the place in Gulistan will be lost since the directive of the Prime Minister. They want the place in Gulistan to be under the control of the postal department even if they move to the new building.

When asked, Director General of the Postal Department Siraj Uddin told Prothom Alo, “We are ready to give up three acres out of 4.69 acres in Gulistan.” But it is important to keep GPO. The matter has been reported to the cabinet department.

Meanwhile, the Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) of the Ministry of Planning said that the post office building was left empty day by day. Besides, the cabinet department wanted to know what steps have been taken to make the present place of Gulistan of the postal department green after the directive of the prime minister. The Cabinet Division says the entire space needs to be vacated to implement the directives given by the Prime Minister at the ECNEC meeting.

Asked about the new post building being left unused after its construction, Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar told Prothom Alo: “We have asked the Prime Minister for time to inaugurate the building. The post office will be inaugurated on the day the Prime Minister inaugurates the building.

Science and Technology Complex building in Agargaon. Recently picked up
Science and Technology Complex building in Agargaon. Recently taken: Prothom Alo
Last month, they were not allowed to enter the two buildings in Agargaon on different days. But from outside

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