Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the newly-built 10-storey ultramodern “Rangpur Divisional Headquarters Complex Building” on Sunday.
She will virtually join the inauguration ceremony from her official residence Ganabhaban in the capital.
Officials, employees of the divisional administration, other departments and other people are excited about the inauguration of the state-of-the-art divisional headquarters complex building.
The roads have been decorated with flower trees and flags of different colours giving an eye-catching look creating a festive atmosphere throughout the divisional headquarters complex.
Festoons have been hung on the front of the building with various developments and achievements during the tenure of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Divisional Commissioner Md Abdul Wahhab Bhuiyan briefed journalists on preparations taken for the inaugural function at a press conference held at his conference room on Sunday afternoon.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) for Rangpur Range Police Devdas Bhattacharya, Additional Divisional Commissioners (General) Md. Zakir Hossain, Additional Divisional Commissioner (Revenue) Abu Taher Md Masud Rana and high officials were present.
The divisional commissioner said the ultramodern 10-storey divisional headquarters complex has been constructed in Rangpur for the first time across the country.
This is a successful implementation of the far-reaching plan of administrative decentralization of the present government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to provide all services to people from one place.
“It is the first integrated government building of its kind constructed in the country. Similar complex buildings will be constructed in other divisional headquarters in the future,” he said.
After inauguration of the complex, sufferings of the people will be eliminated by getting all services of the divisional administrations and other departments under one roof.
“The Rangpur administrative division was formed on January 25, 2010 as the seventh division of the country with eight districts after the incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina came to power,” he said.
Inauguration of the complex will help people of Rangpur division to receive divisional level government services easily.
“It will reduce harassment of people and additional pressure on agricultural land,” he said, adding that construction of this state-of-the-art headquarters complex was part of the development pledged by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Rangpur division.
He said the government decided to build a 10-storey Rangpur divisional headquarters in 2016, six years after the establishment of Rangpur division.
For this, the Ecnec approved the “Rangpur Divisional Headquarters” project at a cost of Tk76 crore to construct the complex to create a conducive environment for government works and establish good governance.
The Public Works Department (PWD) started construction of Rangpur Divisional Headquarters in November 2017 on 15 acres of land along the Rangpur-Dhaka Highway next to the old Radio Centre at Uttam Hajirhat in the metropolis.
During the project period, the construction work of the divisional headquarters was completed in June 2021.
The 10-storey complex includes a 720-seat two-storey multipurpose auditorium, a 800 kVA substation building, a 500 kVA generator, a pump house, 50,000-gallon capacity reservoir, a 40,000-gallon capacity fire reservoir, a guards’ hade, roads, compound drains, outdoor electrification, outdoor water supply and sewerage systems.
The complex has a bank, post office, canteen, kitchen, security room, office of the assistant commissioner (land), training room, classroom, cafe corner, library, archive and a meeting room.
The complex building has three passenger lifts and a fire lift, fire extinguisher, solar system, CCTV system, server system, submersible and centrifugal pumps.
The revised cost of the project was estimated at Tk92.45 crore. The PWD deposited the remaining Tk2.50 crore in the state treasury after construction of the building within the stipulated time maintaining high quality of works,” Wahhab said.
The divisional commissioner said the old building of the Deputy Commissioner’s Office had been used as the office of the divisional commissioner and DIG for the last 11 years since 2010.
“The 10-storey complex building has been constructed on the instructions of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to further expedite the activities of the divisional administration,” he said.
There are offices of DIG Rangpur Range, Divisional Health Director, Deputy Land Reforms Commissioner and Bangladesh Employees Welfare Board, Joint Registrar, Divisional Cooperative and Divisional Statistics Office, Divisional Controller of Accounts in the complex.
“As a result, the travel cost of service recipients will be reduced and they will receive services from the same place. It would be possible to take any decision quickly through communication between the departments concerned in the same complex,” he added.
Apart from this, the residences of the divisional commissioner and DIG, quarters for officers and employees of the divisional headquarters, tennis ground, mosque and several other buildings will be constructed in the complex area.