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Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) has started the process of privatisation of 11 tourist establishments for better management and for providing better service to the tourists.

BPC sources said the 11 tourist establishments proposed for leasing included Kuakata holiday homes, tourist motels at Khagrachhari and Benapole, four cottages, bar, and auditorium of Rangamati tourist complex, holiday complex at Sagordari, Hotel Netong and Madhumati at Teknaf and Tungipara, restaurant at Madhavkunda, swimming pool at Cox's Bazaar, floating restaurant Merry Anderson at Pagla and rent-a-car facilities at BPC headquarters at Tejgaon.

BPC invited quotations for these establishments and tenders would be open on September 11 for selecting bidders.

Director (Business) of BPC acknowledging the fact said that they took the privatisation initiative as government can never do better in business and it is very hard to earn profit from public sector competing with the private sector.

Sources in BPC said they also requested the Planning Commission to revise and increase the estimate of tourist attraction development project of Kuakata.

Tender of the project for developing motel, two Buddhist temples and youth tourist hostel at a cost of Tk 10 crore was called two times, but the BPC failed to select any standard firm for the works due to some technical difficulties.

The sources also said the firms are not interested to do the works, as costing of transportation of materials to Kuakata is higher than other places due to lack of direct road communication facilities from the nearest loading points of the cargoes.

They said they have requested the Planning Commission to increase estimate of the project cost.

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