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Most housing schemes gone haywire

  • Published at 02:00 am September 10th, 2013
Most housing schemes gone haywire

Most housing schemes in and around the capital under the Detailed Area Plan have gone haywire and entirely failed to meet conditions of the Private Housing Land Development Act 2004.

According to a source in Rajuk, only 25 housing schemes of only 13 companies got Rajuk final approval while six temporary approval. The final approval for those six schemes remain pending.

A large number of other such schemes of land developers have failed to obtain Rajuk approval while the government mulls over reviewing the Detailed Area Plan (DAP) for giving a further controversial approval to those unapproved schemes. 

On condition of anonymity, a Rajuk official alleged that the Capital Development Authority and the Ministry of Housing and Public Works had been mulling over a plan to give such approval to the mushrooming housing projects in wetlands under DAP without taking into consideration the environmental protection.

The official also said a review committee on DAP at the ministerial meetings recently focused on relaxation of using wetlands and few water bodies for the housing projects.

The State Minister for Housing and Public Works advocate Abdul Mannan Khan told the Dhaka Tribune the final decision was yet to be made on whether to review the DAP.

He said the DAP review issue will be tabled in the upcoming interministerial meeting to reach the final decision.

Asked whether the review was for the interest of land developers and going to be conflicted with the 2004 private land development act, he said he was unable to say anything in advance because the decision would solely be made at the next meeting. 

It was also learnt that more 400 appeals from housing developers had been lodged with Rajuk for changing their land use plans within DAP area only to advance their housing schemes.

From 1984 to date, only 25 schemes of 13 housing companies got Rajuk approval.

The 25 are 30.44-acre Pallabi Residential Project (Phase-1), 32.9-acre Arambagh Cooperative Housing Society (Mirpur Land Project), 3.54-acre Kallyanpur Land Project, 1310-acre Bonosree Residential Project, 197.21-acre Metropolitan Project, 232.27-acre Pallabi Residential Project (Phase-2), 3.74-acre Baghbari Shishmahal Land Project, 1.33-acre KM Das Lane Residential Project, 3.32-acre Rayerbazar Project, 2.22-acre Postogola Residential Project, 9.59-acre Postogola Riverview Land Project, 3.03-acre Basabo Residential Project and 58.64-acre Niketon Residential Project.

All the housing schemes belonged to the Eastern Housing Ltd.

Moreover, the 12-acre Baitul Aman Cooperative Housing Project, 45.81-acre Mohammadpur Housing Pisciculture and Farming Cooperative Society Housing, 1.49-acre Adarsha Sayaneer Housing Cooperative Ltd’s Sayaneer Project, 40.95-acre Sikder Real Estate Project, 10.15-acre Abdur Rafique Housing  Ltd’s Mohammadpur Project, 18.71-acre Sunibir Greho Nirman Coopetative Housing Project, five-acre Metropolitan Christian Cooperative Housing Project, 6.13-acre Cap Hason Housing Project, 305-acre East West Property Development Pvt Ltd Bashundhara Project (Phase-1) 4.63-acre Janata Housing Cooperative Society Project, 4.53-acre Mukti Housing Project, 4.53-acre Mollika Residential Project under Sheltech Pvt Ltd and 2.8-acre Probal Housing Project have also got Rajuk approval.

In 2012, as per the directives of the housing ministry, Rajuk gave final approval to a number of six schemes of six companies including Bashundhara-Baridhara Project (Phase-2) of East West Property Pvt Ltd, Ashiyan City, 137.2145-acre United City Residential Project (Phase-1) of Neptune Land Development Ltd, 172.63-acre Notundhara Residential Project of BDDL, 148.73-acre Green Model Town Residential Project (Phase-1) under Amin Mohammad Lands Development and 75.17-acre Swarnali Abashan Project (Phase- 1) of Swadesh Properties.

The six had been illegally developed destroying wetlands, flood plains, cropland and rural homesteads in violation of the Private Housing Development Act 2004 and the conditions of DAP.

The six housing schemes are among the 77 housing development projects declared illegal by the High Court in June, 2011.

The HC also had directed the government to take action against the project authorities who grabbed those land over the past decades by filling up low-lying wetland, water bodies and rural homesteads.

Moreover, the six housing projects failed to meet conditions of standard housing facilities.

The optimum utility services and basic amenities including market, hospital, drugstores, educational institutions, playground, graveyard etc. within the vicinities – major conditions of the housing act – lacked those schemes.

Moreover, these schemes do not conform to their layouts and Geographic Information System (GIS) database, which are also violation of the private housing act.

Rajuk authorities said they gave temporary approval to the six companies which were being evaluated and letters were issued to the companies to revise their housing plans.

Sheikh Abdul Mannan, Rajuk member, planning, told the Dhaka Tribune “We have just given temporary approval to the six housing projects. The projects’ authorities are trying to fulfill the private housing conditions of 2004.”

“When they are able to meet the conditions, they will get Rajuk final approval,” he added.

In reply to a query, Abdul Mannan said not only those six housing schemes, but also other such schemes would get Rajuk approval provided they fulfilled the Private Housing Land Development Act.