There is an urgent need to quickly solve complications caused by plot allocation in Purbachal

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The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Housing and Public Works has urged for quick resolution of the legal complications caused by the allotment of institutional plots in Purbachal New City Project. It has been recommended by the committee to convey the plots to the real owners. This recommendation was made at the Parliamentary Committee meeting held at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhawan on Thursday (February 16). According to committee sources, in July 1995, the implementation of the Purbachal New Town project started on six thousand 227 acres of land in Rupganj of Narayanganj and Kaliganj of Gazipur. The entire project was supposed to be completed by 2010 with a three-phase extension. The deadline was then extended two more times to December 2015. That was not possible. After that, it is said to finish in June 2021 after fixing the time till June 2020. This period has also been extended by one year till June 2022. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by December 2024 at the latest. This project has 26 thousand 213 residential plots in different categories. All these plots have been allotted. The ownership of the plot is also given in the papers. But in some cases the same plot went to two persons. There are even complaints about the allotment and ownership of plots. The committee urged to solve those problems. It is reported that the overall progress and future plans of the ongoing projects of the Housing and Building Research Institute were discussed in the meeting. At the end of the discussion, it is recommended to give directions for the use of environmentally friendly block bricks as an alternative to burnt bricks in the construction of buildings under the jurisdiction of the Directorate of Public Works, the Directorate of Education and Engineering, the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives and other ministries. Besides, in the meeting, directions were given to coordinate the work of Chittagong Development Authority, Chittagong City Corporation and Water Development Board to maintain the canals to alleviate the waterlogging of Chittagong city. In the meeting presided over by engineer Mosharraf Hossain, the committee’s president, the members of the committee, the state minister of the Ministry of Housing and Public Works, Sharif Ahmed, Narayan Chandra Chand, Md. Monowar Hossain Chowdhury, Syeda Zohra Alauddin and Farida Khanam and related officials were present.

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