Shah Alam Slugs Minister
Sunday, 13 June 2010

Bashundhara Group boss Ahmed Akbar Sobhan on Sunday laid it heavy on the state minister for public works at a government meeting with realtors.

The row broke out during a discussion on the Detailed Area Plan (DAP), the capital's real estate blueprint of sorts, developed by the city development regulator Rajuk, at the Secretariat.

Bangladesh Land Developers Association president Ahmed Akbar Sobhan, also known as Shah Alam, burst out at one point and said to the housing and public works state minister, "You cannot do whatever you feel like just because you are a minister."

His sharp retort came after state minister Abdul Mannan Khan tried to justify 21 percent of Dhaka's area designated for water bodies according to the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha's DAP project, which provides an accurate demarcation of the capital.

The area plan marks different zones of Dhaka and identifies the areas designated for different uses, for instance real estate development, roads, parks and water bodies.

But the realtors were strongly opposed to the idea of leaving a fifth of the city area undeveloped and protested.

Khan had said in reply that the ministry had had several meetings with the real estate businessmen.

He had told the meeting that the government, along with Rajuk, would implement the area plan as presented at the meeting.

Realtors had reacted questioning the potency of the plan itself since it would not allow much real estate development if such a large portion of the capital were left 'undeveloped'.


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