Rajuk project director Engr Ujjwal Mallick (R) hands over the site possession for the Iconic Tower to Jamilur Rahman (second from left), director (finance) and Md Salahuddin (L), director (business development) of PowerPac at the city’s Purbachal area on Monday. (Photo-1) A view of the design of the proposed Iconic Tower. Photo: Chinmoy Chakravorty

Staff Correspondent
With the site possession handover by Rajuk to PowerPac Holdings Limited, the construction of world’s second tallest skyscraper named as ‘Iconic Tower’ is set to formally begin at Purbachal area in Dhaka.
Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakkha (Rajuk) on Monday formally handed over the site possession of 100 acres of land under Sector 19 of Purbachal New Town Project to Central Business District (CBD) of PowerPac Holdings Ltd, a concern of country’s leading business conglomerate Sikder Group. Central Business District is the project area at Purbachal where the 142-storied Iconic Tower is going to be constructed.
PowerPac will shortly start the due diligence and ground study works which include soil test, traffic and environment impact assessment.
Engr Ujjwal Mallick, Rajuk project director for Purbachal New Town, handed over the site possession to Md Salahuddin, director (business development) and Jamilur Rahman, director (Finance) of PowerPac at Purbachal.
Addressing on the occasion, Rajuk Project Director Ujjawl Mallick said, three years back they (Rajuk) initially talked about the dream project — Iconic Tower — which has finally come true.
“At the very beginning when we sought tender for this project, we received no response. But now Kajima Corporation and Sikder Group are going to materialise the dream”, he added.
Engr Mallick mentioned that he used to visit the site by boat only 10 years back, but now the total area is completely connected with roads while an area of 37 acres has been allocated for setting up a stadium.
He added that the Dhaka International Trade Fair will take place in the area from 2020 and many more modern facilities are going to be added very soon.
Sikder Group, which has finally been awarded the work for this dream project, will certainly accomplish it to make the dream come true, Mr Mallick said.
Soil test will take six months, and it is hoped that the project will see visible progress by June next year, he said, adding that electricity is already available here, and in a bid to ensure enough water supply, work with a Chinese company will start very soon.
M Salahuddin, director (business development) of PowerPac, said, “Even though the tower, which will be a high-tech cum commercial building of world class standard in the country, is primarily said to be a 142-storied skyscraper, it may be bigger even up to 150-152 stories.”
The actual master plan will add many more things which will surprise the country, he said, adding “to ensure world-class standard and equip it with modern amenities, it will take 7 years to complete the entire project.”
“Through this project, we will highlight our own culture and heritage. To this end, we are having continuous communications with our development partner about how we can establish a most attractive and heritage bearing tower,” he added.
The design of the 142-storied tower would resemble the liberation war against uncivilized barbaric Pakistani Army, he said, adding that the number ‘71’ will appear on both sides of the Iconic Tower to pay the homage to all the freedom fighters and the martyrs.
Sikder Group always does something different and maintains world class standard. This project will again keep its mark in the future, Salahuddin said.
Jamilur Rahman, director (finance) of PowerPac, said, “It is a big moment for us in this month of victory. Getting an independent country was our dream and we got our own flag. This project is also a big dream of ours and we are hopeful of accomplishing it.”
Offering gratitude to Rajuk, he said it will be history through which our own culture and heritage will be reflected to the world.
Monirul Haque, executive engineer of Rajuk, Farhanaz Farhin, assistant architect of Rajuk, and other senior officials concerned of Rajuk and PowerPac were also present at the ceremony.
It may be mentioned here that the PowerPac-Kajima Corporation, having 70 years of expertise and experience, got the job to build the world’s second tallest tower at Purbachal New Town.
Burj Khalifa, Dubai, is the tallest skyscraper in the world which is 828-metre tall with 163 floors. The Shanghai Tower, which is a 632-metre tall with 128 floors, will move to the third position with the construction of the Purbachal Iconic Tower.
As the first-ever in South Asia, the proposed high-rise building will symbolise the country’s rapid development.
The iconic skyscraper will have all facilities like hotels, theatres and malls to modernise Dhaka’s skyline.
Besides, there will be an international standard stadium with a capacity of 50 thousand viewers, a super model modern convention centre with a capacity of 10 thousand people, a world standard university, an international standard medical college and hospital, Eco-park and a golf course training centre for the development of Golf are also in plan.