Akij resumes virus hospital’s construction

Bangla Tribune Desk
Published : 13:35, Mar 29, 2020 | Updated : 13:38, Mar 29, 2020

Akij Group has resumed the construction of its specialized hospital for coronavirus patients at Dhaka’s Tejgaon a day after it was halted in face of protests by locals.

Work at the construction site once gain kicked off on Sunday (Mar 29), said police.

"In the wake of the misunderstanding on Saturday, it was agreed that the project is part of a noble initiative and so the hospital will be built there on a temporary basis," Tejgaon Police OC Md Ali Hossain was quoted by an online newspaper.

A police team has been deployed in the area, he said before adding the misunderstanding over the matter has been settled.

Tejgaon locals demonstrated the construction site on Saturday, prompting business conglomerate Akij Group to halt the works.

More than a hundred residents took to the streets in afternoon in Tejgaon industrial area defying the government ban on gathering amid the prevailing situation.

They also attacked the construction workers during the hour-long demonstration that started around 1pm, according to local police.

Earlier, Akij Group’s Managing Director Sheikh Bashir Uddin said the hospital would be built on the conglomerate’s empty plot next to the factory of motorcycle makers TVS in Tejgaon. It would provide free treatment to coronavirus patients, he added.