Housing sector

The housing sector facing the crisis: REHAB

Bangladesh Real Estate and Housing Association Chairman Alamgir Shamsul Alamin speaks during a press conference held at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in the city on Saturday. REHAB Vice Presidents Kamal Mahmud and Shohel Rana were also present. — New Age Photo

Property agents across the country on Saturday expressed deep concern over a government plan to make municipal corporation approvals mandatory for building constructions in Dhaka in addition to Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha’s approval.

Such a move will plunge the country’s housing sector into deep crisis, leaders of the Bangladesh Property and Housing Association said at a press conference held at the city’s Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel. .

Minister of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives, Md Tajul Islam, said on February 6 that approval from municipal corporations would be required for construction of any structure in Dhaka city in addition to approval from Rajuk .

The minister also said that apart from giving approval for the construction of buildings, the two municipal corporations of Dhaka will also regularly monitor the establishments.

He made the remarks during a meeting held to review the activities of Dhaka North City Corporation, Dhaka South City Corporation and Chattogram City Corporation on reducing waterlogging during the monsoon.

“Such a move is completely contradictory to the ease of doing business initiative and will create a deep crisis for the housing sector,” REHAB Chairman Alamgir Shamsul Alamin said.

He said the decision would never bring a positive result and instead increase harassment for the people.

“People’s experience of serving municipal corporations, including issuing birth certificates and preventing mosquitoes and dengue fever, is bitter. If these incapable institutions get permission to approve building constructions, the harassment of people will increase,” Alamgir said.

He said that if construction approval was required from both Rajuk and the municipal corporation, it would create a double administration, increasing both the cost and the duration of construction of buildings in the city.

“We urge the government to reconsider this decision as there should be one regulator to provide better service to people and businesses,” the REHAB chairman said.