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They said that if the Dhaka-2021 building construction rules are finalized, the cost of constructing an apartment will increase several times, which will affect both buyers and businesses.

TBS report

October 31, 2021, 9:35 p.m.

Last modification: October 31, 2021, 9:39 PM

A top shot of the city of Dhaka. The photo was taken in the Gulshan area in the capital. Photo: TBS

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A top shot of the city of Dhaka. The photo was taken in the Gulshan area in the capital. Photo: TBS

Estate agents demanded an amendment to proposed rules and regulations to reduce the height and size of buildings in and around the capital.

“The provisions of the Draft Detailed Area Plan (DAP) 2016-2035 on the height of buildings are very unrealistic,” said Alamgir Shamsul Alamin, chairman of the Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (REHAB), at a press conference in a city. hotel on Sunday.

“If Dhaka-2021 building construction rules are finalized, the cost of building an apartment will increase several times, which will affect both buyers and businesses.”

In the proposed DAP, the maximum height of residential buildings has been set at 7-8 storeys for Uttara, 6-8 storeys for Gulshan, Banani and Baridhara, six storeys for Khilkhet, Kuril and Nikunja, 4-7 storeys for Mirpur, 5 -8 floors for Mohammadpur and Lalmatia and 4-6 floors for Old Dhaka.

In a written statement, Shamsul Alamin said that according to Dhaka-2008 building construction regulations, a total of 13,500 square feet could be constructed in an 8-storey building with the ground floor on a plot of 5 Katha adjacent to a 20 foot road.

Under the proposed rules, permission will be given to build only 9,000 square feet in a similar building.

Additionally, buildings cannot be more than 3/4 storey on the side of a road less than 20 feet in length, he added.

“It will increase the problem and buyers will be affected,” said the president of REHAB.

“Landowners will suffer the greatest loss. At present, the price of land is very high in Dhaka city. If the residential building of up to eight floors is built on the land purchased at this high price, the cost of an apartment or flat will double.”

Although a committee was formed a few days ago to gather the views of stakeholders on the Draft Building Construction Rules-2021, no further progress has been made in this regard.

Shamsul Alamin said the proposed DAP and building construction rules 2021 must be drastically changed to protect housing and related industries and ensure low rents and a place to live in the capital.

“We believe that the current government will not allow unrealistic rules and regulations to be established,” REHAB Vice President Kamal Mahmud said at the press conference.

“We believe that the DAP 2016-2035 and Building Construction Rules 2021 will be finalized based on recommendations from planners, architects, expert professionals and stakeholders.”

Responding to a question from journalists, Kamal Mahmud said that planned cities are built with such a plan in most countries of the world.

“We have no objection to further increasing the amount of space we currently have while the building is being constructed. But unrealistic provisions are being made in the new rules,” he added.

REHAB Vice Presidents Nazrul Islam Dulal, Lion Sharif Ali Khan and Engineer Mohammad Sohel Rana were also present at the press conference.