Prices of CI sheets
We, the majority people in Bangladesh, live in rural areas and cannot construct RCC & brick based strong, comfortable and decent houses. We opt for building our houses with wood, bamboo and corrugated iron (CI) sheets, as those materials for constructing houses are less costly and more or less durable. But recently we have been observing with concern that prices of all these materials of house building have gone sky high. For example, a mature full-length bamboo that is suitable for house building costs Tk 180.00 per piece, which cost Tk 100.00 a few years back. In the retail market one cannot think of purchasing one cft garjan wood for less than Tk 1, 500.00, which was Tk 1,000.00 last year. The prices of CI sheets have gone too high. The retail price of a bundle of CI sheet of standard thickness to make roof is Tk.7, 500.00, whereas it was around Tk.2,800.00 three years back. We know that when an industrial product is produced in a country, people can enjoy the advantage of reduced prices. Two decades back CI sheets were imported from foreign counties, e.g. Australia, Japan etc. In the last and present decade a few large industrial factories have been set up in Dhaka and Chittagong to produce iron sheets and galvanizing those sheets, that is, CI sheets are produced in Bangladesh now. The country is self-sufficient in CI sheets. We do not have to import CI sheets from abroad anymore. So it is not understood why people are not benefited by it.
I would like to appeal to the present government to take appropriate measures to reduce the prices of CI sheets.