Minister for Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives M Tazul Islam on Wednesday said the height of buildings would be determined on the basis of population density and communication system in the capital.
“Building height would be based on population and communication system of the area and the final decision will be taken after consultation with architects, urban planners and other stakeholders, including those involved in the private housing sector,” he said.Tazul, also the convener of the Detailed Area Plan (DAP) Review Committee, said this at a meeting with representatives of Real Estate and Housing Association (REHAB) and Bangladesh Land Developers Association (BLDA) at the conference room of the ministry.
The minister said roads, schools, colleges, shopping malls, healthcare centers, playgrounds, water bodies and other civic amenities should be ensured for everyone, said a press release.
Emphasizing the need to fix area-based holding tax, water, gas, electricity and other utility charges, Tazul said it is not fair that people living in posh areas and those of Jatrabari area will pay the same charges.
“Our only objective is to make Dhaka city livable, attractive and modern and that’s why long-term plans like DAP have been adopted,” he added. Tazul sought cooperation of all concerned to implement DAP.
Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan, also the president of BLDA, REHAB President Alamgir Shamsul Alamin and Rupayan Group Chairman Liaquat Ali Khan Mukul and leaders of REHAB, among others, were present in the meeting with Housing and Public Works Ministry Secretary M Shahid Ullah Khandaker in the chair.