Rajuk has taken a project for urban re-development in a bid to resolve the existing civic problems in Old Dhaka, Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim told parliament yesterday.
In reply to a query from ruling Awami League lawmaker M Abdul Latif, the minister also informed the House that seven possible places have been identified primarily at Islambugh, Chawkbazar, Moulvibazar, Bangshal, Hajaribagh, Kamrangirchar and Lalbagh for urban re-development.
“Process to formulate terms of reference for conducting a study report in this regard is underway,” he said in a scripted answer. The minister added that coordinating works with foreign organisations for technical and financial assistance is going on in this regard, as the concept of urban redevelopment is new in Bangladesh.
Rezaul Karim said the concept and implementation strategy of urban redevelopment is incorporated in the detailed area plan (2016-’35) of Rajuk.
In reply to a query from AL MP Mostaq Ahmed Robi, the minister said the National Housing Authority is working sincerely as part of ensuring housing for low-income people across the country.
While replying to a query from AL lawmaker Momtaz Begum, Karim said government is determined to resolve various problems of real estate sector as Rajuk, Chattogram Unnayan Kartripakkha, National Housing Authority, Rajshahi Unnayan Kartripakkha, Khulna Unnayan Kartripakkha and Cox’s Bazar Unnayan Kartripakkha are working relentlessly in this regard.
He said as part of formulating a mega plan on planned real estate, Rajuk has sent the draft of 20-year-long (2016-2035) Dhaka Structural Plan for final approval of the ministry.