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Rajuk to offer plot, flat in Jhilmil project

The government will call for fresh applications for the Jhilmil Residential Project within a few months in order to ease the housing shortage in Dhaka.

State Minister of Housing and Public Works Abdul Mannan Khan told the Daily Star recently that a meeting will be held before finalising the date for calling applications.

Rajuk Chairman Nurul Huda said a committee is preparing guidelines for distributing the plots and flats of the project.

Jhilmil Project Director Md Anwar Hossain said the first phase will be constructed on 381 acres and the second phase will be constructed on 1,150 acres.

A Rajuk spokesperson said that the housing project was initiated in 1997 to ease the housing shortage in the capital.

The project will be located beside the Dhaka-Mawa Highway in Suvadda, Chunkatia and Teghria Mouja's low-land areas of Keraniganj.

The project is five kilometres away from zero point in the capital.

Anwar said that 65 per cent of the land development work for phase one is already complete and the rest will be completed by the end of the year.

He said the first phase is estimated to cost Tk 335 crore and the second phase will cost Tk 3,082 crore.

Seventy-seven plots are 2.5 katha, 1,234 plots are three katha, 144 plots are five katha, 108 plots are 7.5 katha and nine plots are larger than 7.5 katha.

The project director said there will also be 9,224 flats constructed for the project and a separate project proposal has already been prepared for it.

He said the project proposal for the second phase was submitted to the ministry for approval in January, while the project proposal to construct 9,224 flats was submitted to the ministry last December.

Among the 9,224 flats being built for phase one, 3,284 will be between 1,001 to 1,200 square feet; 4,377 flats will be between 801 to 1,000 square feet and 1,563 flats will be between 600 to 800 square feet.

Rajuk also plans to construct 3,000 more plots and 30,000 flats in the second phase.

The project director said, "We intend to extend the time-frame of the project for two years as it is scheduled to be finished by 2010."

According to the Jhilmil project schedule, Rajuk was supposed to complete the project between 1997 and 2001 and it has been granted two time extensions already.

In 2001 and 2002 Rajuk invited fresh applications for the allotments but no satisfactory responses were received.

An official said that Rajuk allotted 525 plots amongst those who applied, but after it failed to hand over the plots, many applicants withdrew their deposits.

There are approximately 250 people with plots allotted to them.

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There are stories that purbachal plots were allocated long before the lottery.

: Nishat

we applied for purbachol project last year, still not withdrawn money. So will it be applicable for this new offer?

: nusaibah

Comments

  • s. ali
    Monday, February 22, 2010 07:12 AM GMT+06:00 (232 weeks ago)

    We request to the authorities concerned to desist from creating plots, taking into consideration the ever-shrinking land area of this small country. They should go for flats only. Just think twice about the danger of plot allotment.

  • M M Mortayez Amin
    Monday, February 22, 2010 12:03 PM GMT+06:00 (232 weeks ago)

    Rajuk must stop harassing people by calling for application for Jhilmil project. If we see the guidelines that Ministry of Housing and Public Works rolled out for Mohammadpur F block, we see 55% of all flats are earmarked for govt employees (current and retired). I don't know how Rajuk, national Housing Authority consider the public properties as their own and fix quota as they wish. Their guidelines are sure going to be favor the govt employees. On what legal basis they fix quota for certain groups or professions? Why do they leave out Krishak, rikshawpullar, people engaged in agro-industries.?

    We want this quota system to go away. The call for Jhilmil project should stipulate specific time-lines for submission, lottery, allotment, hand-over and deadline for return of deposited money to those who are not lottery winners. I hope our honorable concerned minister would take these points into consideration and take appropriate steps.

    Thank you.

  • Md. Ashraf Hossain
    Monday, February 22, 2010 09:28 AM GMT+06:00 (232 weeks ago)

    Housing and Settlement Directorate may be assigned to implement the Project as Rajuk is over burden with its present responsibility and a lot of complaints have been flying in the air against Rajuk. Plots are to be leased out to three categories of people, 1) affected land owner of the Jhilmil Residentialal Prject area, 2) affected land owner in Dhaka city and 3) general public. No quota like, judge, freedom fighter, MP, Govt. official, autonomous body officials, non-resident Bangladeshi, artist, journalist, lawyer, professional or whatsoever should be there. Following provision of Bangladesh constitution all citizen should get equal opportunity. Provision 19(1) of Bangladesh constitution says that the state shall endeavour to ensure equality of opportunity to all citizens. There should be in only one category, citizen of Bangladesh. Allot tee would be selected by lottery if applicants number exceeds plot number. Some plots are to be reserved for effected people in Dhaka city who would be affected owing to development work of government, Dhaka City Corporation etc. Provision should be made to deposit half of the estimated price of the plot along with application as applicant money to eliminate applicants who apply only to sell the plot if allotted. Public should be informed well ahead details of allotment of plot so that genuine persons can make arrangement for application properly. For example, the advertisement is to be published one month ahead of distribution of application forms. Forms are to be distributed for one month. Applications are to be received after one month from last date of selling application form. Another one month is to be given for receiving the filled in applications from first date of receiving. Time schedule would not be changed other than for force measure. Nor the Ministry would participate, nether would interfere the allocation of plots. Only in case of complaint the Ministry would investigate and advice for disciplinary action if allegation appears true or misconduct is detected.


 

 


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