|Location||Panthapath, Dhaka, Bangladesh|
|Opening date||6 August 2004|
|Management||Bashundhara City Dev. Ltd.|
|No. of stores and services||2325 shops including 100 food courts.|
|No. of anchor tenants||9|
|No. of floors||8|
Bashundhara City (Bengali: বসুন্ধরা সিটি) is a shopping mall located in Dhaka, Bangladesh, with a rotunda architecture. Opened to the public on 6 August 2004, the mall is located at Panthapath, near Karwan Bazar. Bashundhara City is 21 stories tall, of which 8 are used for the mall and the remainder as the corporate headquarters of the Bashundhara Group.
The mall has space for 2,500 retail stores and cafeterias and also possesses a large underground gymnasium, a multiplex movie theater, a top floor food court and an indoor theme park. The fully air-conditioned shopping mall with rooftop gardens is considered a modern symbol of the emerging city of Dhaka. Bashundhara City is one of the largest shopping malls in south Asia. Up to 25,000 people visit the mall daily.
It is the first western-style mall in the city, designed by the Principal Architect Mustapha Khalid Palash and Mohammad Foyez Ullah of Vistaara. The cost of the building was more than $100 million; construction started in 1998 under Shafiat Sobhan Vice Chairman Bashundhara Group. The building has been described as an indication of the severe division between the middle class and the lower class. It is one of the showcases of development in Bangladesh.
On 13 March 2009, the top floors of the Bashundhara City complex were damaged by a fire. The blaze started around 1:30 pm, after Friday prayers, on one of the top floors. Most of the offices were empty, since Friday is the first day of the weekend in Bangladesh. One person, a security guard, was killed as he leaped off the top of the building in an attempt to escape the fire. Seventeen others were injured. The chief security officer of the building was rescued from the roof by a Bangladesh Air Force Bell-212 helicopter.
Later in the day, reports indicated three more people were killed – all found in an elevator by fire fighters, 50 people injured – most treated in hospitals for smoke inhalation. The fire took six hours to bring under control due to the summer winds. The fire attracted thousands of onlookers gathered outside the complex from Panthapath to Hatirpul, causing traffic jams on roads. Minister of Home Affairs Tanjim Ahmad Sohel ordered a three-member committee to review the incident. He blamed a lack of equipment for the duration of the fire. The city mayor, Sadeque Hossain Khoka, ordered all fire services in the capital to the scene with fifteen fire trucks, and ordered army personnel to help.
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The fire was finally extinguished after nearly 10 hours. Most of the dead were employees at the building; shoppers were unharmed. The mall was closed for two days, and opened to the public on 16 March. According to the mall authorities, damages reached Tk200 crore (US$29m).
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