Rajuk's 'No Count of Unapproved Buildings'
Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Dhaka city development authority Rajuk does not know how many unapproved buildings are there in the capital, according to the state minister for housing and public works.

"Rajuk doesn't have exact statistics of how many buildings have been constructed without prior approval from it," Abdul Mannan Khan was quoted as telling the parliament on Tuesday.

But the minister said they were trying to gather such information when answering Munshiganj-1 MP Sukumar Ranjan Ghosh.

Shipping minister Shajahan Khan, in the absence of the junior minister, replied to another query from Israfil Alam: "Around 4,000 such unauthorised buildings have been identified in the capital so far. The identification process is still underway.

"Information about the owners' names, addresses and construction works could be provided after finalising the list," he added.

Replying to the question put by Mostaq Ahmed Ruhi, the Netrakona-1 MP, the minister said legal measures have been taken against the so-called real estate developers, widely known as land-grabbers in line with the Natural Water-body Law-2000 and Land Development Regulations-2004.

They are building housing projects by filling rivers, canals, arable lands and natural water bodies, he added.

Source: bdnews24.com

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