Amid desperate efforts to save Sundarban Hotel from going down into the construction pit, a large chunk of a land on the other side has subsided at Karwan Bazar, agencies report. The fresh land caved in on the western side of the construction site of NBL Twin Tower on Sunday evening. It devoured a nearly 20-foot stretch of the tin-shed garage of its neighbouring establishment, Kalabagan police OC Iqbal Hossain said.
“However, no one was injured. No one was there at the time.” The subsidence did not have any effect on traffic in the area, he said. “We are land-filling from the east. We did not reach the part that collapsed today,” project director of the developer company, Akhtarul Alam, said. He added they had already filled the foundation pit with 2,000 trucks of sand and hoped to stop the subsidence after dropping another 2,000.
A part of CR Dutta Road and a 120-feet stretch of the alley adjacent to the Hotel Sundarban collapsed last Wednesday morning, bringing down with it a portion of its boundary wall.
The land had subsided along with the 15-feet alley into a ditch dug for piling of the construction site of NBL Twin Tower. MS Construction and Development was constructing the building.
The hotel was shutdown, and its guests and the staff were evacuated after being marked risky. As work continued to fill with sand the southern part of the pit to prop up the hotel and stop further subsidence, the northern part subsided later on Thursday night, pulling a number of electrical poles into the pit.