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ED: A bold step towards meeting the need for affordable housing

  • Published at 12:31 am October 26th, 2021
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MAHMUD HOSSAIN OPU

Address the need for safe, affordable housing for all

Bangladesh has long been in need of a comprehensive, affordable housing plan -- mainly for its urban population. Our capital city has, for many years, been bursting at the seams, with an unsustainable amount of migration happening into the capital every year from other districts. In this situation, lower income groups are forced to live in conditions no one should have to live in, like the slums we see in the capital. 

These slums are not only unhygienic, dilapidated, and lacking in basic facilities, but also -- as we have seen from repeated fire incidents -- death traps of sorts. Still, people are desperate, so they do their best to make their homes in those places.

To address the need for safe, affordable housing for all, it is wonderful to see that the government is on track to construct 30,000 Bir-Nibash homes to provide housing facilities for insolvent freedom fighters. Initially, 14,000 houses were approved to be built for freedom fighters, but later the government updated the plan to build 30,000 Bir-Nibash units, and the authorities concerned have been directed to maintain quality by the Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq. 

This ambitious project, then, fulfils two paramount needs of Bangladesh at the moment: Providing good quality housing for those in financial need, and honouring the brave men and women who fought in the Liberation War and won us our freedom. It is because of the immense bravery and sacrifice made during the Liberation War that we have a nation in the first place, and we should not forget to honour and properly take care of the surviving freedom fighters and their families. In fact, it is the least the government can do. 

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