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KDA to cancel lease of Muzgunni Shishu Park


Khulna Development Authority (KDA) has decided to cancel the lease of Muzgunni Shishu Park in the city for breaching several conditions of the contract and for non-payment of arrears.The lease holder company has been ignoring the conditions of the contract for a long time, alleged official sources of KDA.Despite giving reminder several times, the lease holder has not given any response to the KDA.The decision of cancellation of the contract is now under process.The sources said the KDA had taken an initiative to set up a park for creating amusement facilities for the city dwellers on 8.67 acres of land in Muzgunni residential area.
To implement the initiative, the KDA called a lease tender for development of infrastructure, lake, boundary wall and open space.
Z M Saiful Islam, owner of SS World in Belfuliar Rajapur area of Khulna, took the lease of the park responding to the tender call for Tk 6. 51 lakh annually for fifteen years which started on April 18, 2007.SS World took possession of the park on May 17, 2007 after completing the lease contract with the KDA.But later the lease holder company started to breach the conditions of the contact.
They set up games and rides at the entrance of the park and the lake of the park was given to other organisation on sub-lease.
They also erected 32 shops and several infrastructures in the park.
The company has also not made any payment to the KDA in the last eight years.KDA has sent SS World letters 10/12 times asking for payment of the arrears but the owner of the company has not given any reply to the letters.Meanwhile, citing loss and family problems, the owner of the company applied to the KDA seeking release from the lease liabilities.For legal reason, the KDA filed a certificate case against the company.Z M Abdus Sattar, father of Z M Saiful Islam, who received power of attorney of the lease of the park, claimed that they have still seven years of the lease time and filed a civil case against KDA with the First Court of Joint District Judge.Abdus Sattar claimed to the journalist that all the allegations are false and they have done all things following permission from the KDA.Z M Masudur Rahman, senior officer of Khulna Development Authority, said the lease holder company has breached more than one conditions and the company is not paying arrears.Consequently, the KDA has taken the decision to cancel the lease of SS World and the process has already started, said the KDA official.Brigadier General Mohammad Shamsul Alam said SS World has breached the conditions and everybody will be informed after taking necessary steps. -UNB, Khulna


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