250 low-income families to get housing in Rajshahi

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Rajshahi | Published: 01:06, Mar 07,2020


A total of 250 more low-income families will get housing facilities in Rajshahi city areas within this year to mark the Mujib Year 2020, the birth centenary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Rajshahi City Corporation will arrange the housing support for the urban less-income households aimed at improving their living and livelihood condition through ensuring their habitats.

Meanwhile, 261 slum dwellers are living in brick-built house at present driving out their long-lasting living life in thatched or mud-house as they got community housing in the city.

They had just moved into their new houses, which they constructed with support from Community Housing Development Fund and the Livelihoods Improvement of Urban Poor Communities Project.

Earlier, each of the beneficiaries having land but not house were given loan worth Tk 2 lakh for the house building purposes.

RCC mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton revealed this while addressing the CHDF’s second annual general meeting at Mango Resort Garden Centre in the city Thursday evening as chief guest.

Chaired by RCC secretary Abul Hayat Rahmatullah, the meeting was addressed, among others, by executive engineer Nur Islam and chief community development officer Azizur Rahman.

Mayor Liton said that proper housing for people living in urban poverty had become a prerequisite to achieve sustainable development goals (SDG-11), and ensure planned urbanisation and continued economic progress of the city.

He said that the city corporation will take initiatives to build affordable houses by adopting a need-based coordinated plan to tackle the growing housing crisis.

Liton focused on stronger collaboration between the government and non-government organisations, and involving public representatives and other relevant stakeholders to promote plans for people living in urban poor areas.

He also suggested implementing community-led housing models that accommodate the urban poor in city areas and help improve their living standards.

It was said in the meeting that the city corporation had started implementing the LIUPC project in cooperation with United Nations Development Programme in order to achieve long-term sustainable growth by eradicating urban poverty and achieving Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

The project has been designed to reach initially the unserved and underserved urban population in the city and to promote livelihoods and living conditions of 1.80 lakh poor people living in urban areas.

Mayor Liton requested all concerned to discharge their duties with utmost sincerity and honesty for proper and successful implementation of the project so that the target group of people can derive its total benefits.

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