Most of the residential plots of three projects of Chattogram Development Authority (CDA) developed and handed over to the owners remained unused due to lack of facilities.
Sources said the CDA allotted over 4,000 plots of the three projects to buyers.But most of the plot owners are yet to start construction work while many are busy buying and selling for business purpose.
Despite this circumstance, the CDA is planning to develop more residential projects in different areas of the city.
The three residential areas are Ananya Residential Area in Oxygen-Kuiash Road, Kalpalok Residential Area in Bakolia and Karnaphuli Residential Area in Karnaphuli upazila.
CDA has already taken an initiative to develop another one in Ananya Residential Area. Though some establishments were constructed in Kalpolok R/A, no plot owner came up for construction work at the remaining two projects for different problems including water, power and gas crises.
As the number of residents is increasing with a ratio of 10 per cent in the port city every year, the demand and crisis of accommodation facility are also increasing simultaneously.
Experts said these three residential areas can reduce the accommodation crisis of the city to some extent if the plot owners and CDA take necessary steps to develop establishments there.The CDA has also recently started construction of an apartment project named ‘CDA Square’ in Gate No 2 area to meet the crisis. They, however, couldn’t sell all the flats for its high price.
Ananya Residential Area
CDA developed this project in 2008 investing an amount of Tk 397.67 crore to expand the city and meet the accommodation crisis. A total of 1,733 plots of the project were allotted to the buyers.
But, no establishment was developed there. Source said some plot owners have already sold out the plots for business.
Locals said the vacant plots have turned the areas as place for criminal activities including trading and taking of drugs.
Lack of security wall, streetlights and dilapidated road also helped the areas to become heaven for the criminals.
Though, supply of electricity and water are available at the project the gas line is yet to reach the spot.
However, Apollo Hospital authority is constructing a 350-bed hospital there.
Three types of plot were allocated for Tk 6 lakh per katha at the project. But the price now ranges from the Tk 20 to 50 lakh per katha, said sources.
Plot owner Ashraful Islam said they couldn’t start construction work for building as all the facilities are yet to be available there. Soil quality is also not good while the authority also couldn’t ensure the supply of gas, he said.
Kalpalok Residential Area
Kalpolok is the biggest project of the CDA having some 1,779 plots in Bakolia area. Some 300 buildings were constructed and around 15,000 people are living at the residential area, source said.
According to the plan, hospital, school, college, playground, graveyard, shopping mall, kitchen market and other facilities were supposed to develop there. Currently, the residents are living with insufficient street lights, dilapidated roads, waterlogging problem and criminal activities.
CDA have the plan to start the development work of third-phase in the residential area, said the sources.
Karnaphuli Residential Area
CDA developed the project in 1994 at a cost of around Tk 12.60 crore at Karnaphuli upazila and allotted some 517 plots to the buyers.
They acquired 50 acres of land for this residential area, but couldn’t provide the necessary facilities including water supply. CDA official said water supply will be available at the project from Bhandaljri Treatment Plant in Boalkhali after inauguration of it.
Pro Vice Chancellor and Civil Engineering department Head Engineer M Ali Ashraf of Southern University Bangladesh said feasibility study might not be carried out before developing the residential areas.
“CDA should have considered middle-class people as they are large in number and unable to afford the existing plots and construct establishment there,” he said.
CDA can construct building and sell studio flat ensuring loan facilities for middle-class people, he suggested.
Contacted, CDA Chief Engineer Kazi Hasan Bin Shams said they are working to provide residential facilities in those areas to encourage the plot owners for developing establishments.
“We will ensure water supply to Karnaphuli Residential Area soon and other facilities will also be provided gradually,” he said. “Renovation of roads in Ananya Residential is going on now and some owners already got their plans approved for building construction,” said the engineer.
Mentionable, CDA developed a total of 11 residential areas in the city since its establishment in 1959.