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New DAP may trouble housing sector

28 November 2022

Staff Reporter :
The stakeholders of the housing sector have said that the new Detailed Area Plan (DAP) may trouble the housing sector as it has some challenges including approval of high rise buildings.
Though DAP has been approved for setting up planned housing and building up a developed capital, it has some challenges as well for the housing sector, they said.
Entrepreneurs of the housing sector said, this in a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (REHAB) at the office of FBCCI in the capital on Sunday.
They said that the new DAP has fixed the Floor Area Ratio following the width of the streets. It would be difficult to get permission for the construction of an eight to 10-story building if the adjacent streets are not spacious.
As a result, the land owners whose land will be adjacent to the narrow streets will face trouble for the permission for high rise buildings. Even the realtors will also become the victim of discrimination. Ultimately the entire housing sector may face hurdles, they observed.
The meeting also pointed out that earlier the land registration fee was fixed as per the Mouza rate, but now this provision has been changed and the fee would be fixed as per market rate. It is a big challenge for the housing sector, they added.
FBCCI President Md Jasim Uddin said, "There is a scope to talk to the concerned ministry about the crises of the housing sector."
He also urged the RAJUK authority to adjust the new DAP with the real grounds for sustainable urbanisation.
REHAB President Alamgir Shamsul Alamin said, "There are a number of good sides in DAP. But It has some complexities for the housing sector.
He said that REHAB representatives have been carrying out discussions with RAJUK, concerned ministry and PMO. "We are not an opposition to the government. We want to work as an associate body," he added.
FBCCI Vice-President Amin Helali said, "We have to raise the issues to the policy level. Before that we have to identify specific problems in this sector."
He also called upon REHAB to take stern action against the dishonest businessmen in the housing sector.
"The housing sector is facing a crisis due to the high price of construction materials. Now DAP is creating new fear for the sector. More discussion is needed with the policymakers and stakeholders," Chairman of the Standing Committee Liakat Ali Bhuiyan Milon said.
He said, "We are not against the DAP. Our only trouble is to remove the conflicts in this sector."

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