Slum dwellers are going to get flats on low rental basis as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated such a project at Mirpur in Dhaka city.
She unveiled the foundation plaque of the country’s such first-ever project through videoconferencing from her official Ganabhaban residence on Thursday morning.
The government has taken up this project – constructing 10,000 flats on 10 acres at Mirpur Section-11 – with a view to developing a planned housing for all.
The National Housing Authority (NHA) will fund and execute the project in line with a concept initiated by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Housing Policy-2016.
In the first phase of the scheme, 533 flats in five 14-storey buildings on two acres of land would be constructed, while 9,467 flats in eighty 14-storey apartments on eight acres of land in the second phase.
The prime minister also launched another project on the abandoned houses, aiming at building 202 flats for government officials and common people at Dhanmondi and Mohammadpur in the capital.
Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain delivered the welcome address, while PM's Principal Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury moderated the function.
Housing and Public Works Secretary Shahidullah Khandakar gave an overview of the two projects through a power point presentation.
Chief Coordinator of the Sustainable Development Goals at the Prime Minister's Office Abul Kalam Azad, Senior PMO Secretary Suraiya Begum and PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim were present, among others.