Community centres’ rents go up sharply as demand grows

Dhaka,  Thu,  21 September 2017
Published : 02 Aug 2017, 00:47:33

Community centres’ rents go up sharply as demand grows

Rezaul Karim

Rents on community or convention centres have marked a substantial rise in the city over the years despite a rapid expansion and improvement in such services, industry insiders said.

The demand for rental service continues to rise as many city dwellers now prefer hosting their programmes including wedding and other ceremonies like gaye halud, boubhat and birthday party at community or convention centres, they added.

During visit to some community centres, it was found that rents or service charges increased significantly ranging between 46 per cent and 133 per cent in last five to ten years.

City dwellers now want to organise hassle-free marriage ceremonies and they prefer spacious places for arranging wedding ceremonies. So, they first choose the community for organising marriage and marriage related programmes there. Even financial capacity of city people has also increased than anytime earlier.

On the other hand, ceremonies like weddings are being held in city's different Chinese restaurants and two or five-star hotels.     

Earlier, most of these marriage ceremonies were held at the houses of bridegrooms. As there is no available open spaces in the city, demand for such centres has being increasing day by day.

The cost of using community/convention centres depends on the number of guests and the choice of menu. There are different types of catering services and food packages in different community centres and Chinese restaurants.

Usually, the rent on different centres, Chinese restaurants and hotels is higher during the winter season than that of the summer season.  

"Time is changing. We offer many facilities matching with the present time. We don't compromise on hygiene and taste and also high quality catering service," Arif Sikder, manager of Spectra Convention Centre (SCC), told the FE.

There are five halls in the spectra centre. Rent on each hall is minimum Tk 22,000 and maximum Tk 55,000 for one shift. It was minimum Tk 10,000 and maximum Tk 35,000 in 2003, he added.

More or less 12/14 marriage programmes are held at the centre every month, he said.

Community centres have been established in different parts of the city under public and private initiatives. There is no way to deny the necessity of community centres for organising different types of social events apart from marriage.

People of Dhaka city prefer to organise marriage ceremonies during the period between November and February. So, it is difficult to get booking during the period, a private community centre owner said.

"We generally don't charge any rent for lighting, AC and washroom," an executive of Officers' Club Dhaka told the FE.

"We have two halls. The rent for each hall is Tk 0.168 million for one shift. It was Tk 72,000 including value added tax (VAT) and tax in the fiscal year (FY) 2010-2011. Besides, we have own catering services. But it is not included in the hall rent," he said.   

There are four halls in International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB). The rent on halls 1, 2 and 3 is 0.4 million for 24 hours. The rent on a large hall is Tk 0.55 million for twenty-four hours, Shanjida Sharmin Khan, senior executive of ICCB, told the FE on Monday.

"We have a spacious hall which can cater to 300 guests at a time. We also provide all kinds of modern facilities in the hall," said Mahfuzur Rahman, manager of Dhaka Ladies Club.

Rent on the hall is Tk 92,000 including VAT and tax. It was Tk 69,000 in 2014-2015.

The community centres under the two city corporations, Dhaka North City Corporation and Dhaka South City Corporation are relatively more affordable and popular with middle-income group people.

Rents for city corporation community centres range from Tk 7,500 to Tk 20,000. The rents vary according to shift.

Apart from Sohagh Community Centre, Eskaton Ladies Club, Banani Community Centre, there are area-based community centres which are also relatively affordable with the middle-income groups.
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