The government has formed a working committee for incorporating opinions of developers in the capital’s upcoming Detailed Area Plan for 2015-35 as two top associations of developers have expressed concerns about some recommendations of the draft plan.
The move came after the Bangladesh Land Developers Association and the Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh leaders met Md Tajul Islam, convener of the cabinet committee responsible for finalising the DAP, at a hotel in the capital on Sunday.
The committee, led by housing secretary Md Shahid Ullah Khandoker and comprising members from both BLDA and REHAB, will place opinions for the cabinet committee’s considerations, said Tajul, also the local government and rural development minister.
‘The committee was formed after BLDA and REHAB gave some specific recommendations. Timeline for submitting the opinions, however, has not been fixed,’ he said.
Rajuk officials said that the developers demanded legalisation of housing projects that had already got permission despite violating provisions of the outgoing DAP and relaxing bars for developing high-rises.
Developers, they said, demanded permission to develop more high-rises though the government aims at imposing restrictions for developing high-rises in residential areas in the upcoming DAP for reducing density of population.
Tajul, however, formally told the press that the government would work for greater interest of the people at the same time would protect business interest of the developers who had already made huge investment.
‘We have to work collectively for making the capital liveable,’ said Tajul adding that the government was working to finalise the DAP to reduce the density of population and to protect water bodies and open spaces with options for developing playgrounds, schools and colleges.
‘We will rectify the flaws and violations of the recommendations of the outgoing DAP,’ Tajul said adding that it would be on effect until the new DAP was formulated.
He further said that the government would not comprise with any DAP violator.
BLDA president Ahmed Akbar Sobhan said that the outgoing DAP had flaws.
‘We expect that the government will present an effective DAP and we promise to the government to follow it,’ Sobhan said.
REHAB president Alamgir Shamsul Alamin said that the developers would consider Rajuk as the only regulator but not city corporations until laws were amended.
The government has been working to develop DAP for 2015-2035 for 1528 sq km area of the capital and some parts of Narayanganj and Gazipur since 2017.
After the field survey, a draft was uploaded in 2019 seeking public opinion. The cabinet committee had been holding dialogues with the town planners, architects and other stakeholders for finalising the DAP since its formation in November 2020 as the government did before finalising the outgoing DAP for 1995-2015 in 2010.
But, 100 sq km or 30 per cent of the floodplain area earmarked in the outgoing DAP was filled up for the unplanned urbanisation in past 26 years since the initiation of DAP in 1995.
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