Friday, June 15, 2012

REHAB Fair 2012 inaugurated

Dhaka Real Estate, REHAB Summer Fair'12 inaugurated.

Obaidul Kader inaugurates the REHAB Summer Fair 2012at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, Dhaka

Obaidul Quader, Minister for Communication and Railway on Thursday, June 14, 2011 said local real estate and housing companies should have been consulted before signing  a deal with India’s Sahara Group. The minister also expressed his doubt whether foreign investment in the country’s real estate sector is at all necessary for Bangladesh at this moment. “If the representatives from the real estate sector at the time of signing the deal with Sahara, doubts would not be arisen” said the minister while inaugurating the Dhaka real estate “Summer Housing Fair 2012” at Bangabandhu International Conference Center in the city.
The minister said, ‘We should have discussed among ourselves whether we need foreign investment in the real estate and housing sector.’ Hoping that the ministry and the Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (REHAB)  would work together, the minister said, ‘None of the plans will be effective if it is devised without suggestions and opinions of the local business community.’ 
The outspoken minister also asked the local real estate companies to follow rules and regulations to help build a planned city, preserving environment and ecology. The minister also came down hard on the fair organizers for not following the time schedule of the inaugural ceremony of the fair.
The government of Bangladesh and Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha on May 23 signed a memorandum of understanding with Indian infrastructure development company Sahara India Pariwar to develop a ‘New City’ near Dhaka with ‘affordable housing for low income group people’ that annoyed the local companies. Sahara India Group chairman Subrata Roy Sahara said his group would initially invest around 120 to 125 million US dollars in the country’s real estate sector for which he sought some one lakh acres of land in the vicinity of capital Dhaka from the government.
The REHAB is organizing the four-day housing fair with participation of a total of 161 land and housing development companies and six building material manufactures showcasing their plots and apartments.
Lawmaker Eng Enamul Haque, a member of the parliamentary standing committee on the ministry of housing and public works, REHAB secretary-general Murad Iqbal Chowdhury and fair committee chairman Rabiul Haque also spoke on the occasion with REHAB acting president Sultana Shaheda Islam in the chair.
Meanwhile, RAJUK said most of the land development projects which were participating in the fair did not have its approval, but the REHAB said it had asked its members not to showcase unapproved projects in the fair. Only 28 out of 263 projects which were showcased in the last summer fair of 2011 had the RAJUK approval. The High Court had also directed the RAJUK and other officials concerned to stop trading of unauthorized projects in the fair. Even then the city development authorities could not rein in the trading of the unauthorized projects in the fair of 2011. ‘This year we have given conditional approval to few more projects,’ RAJUK member (estate) Sheikh Abdul Mannan Khan told. He said the number of the newly-approved projects would not cross ten whereas some 161 housing companies are displaying their products in the fair. Sheikh Abdul Mannan said a vigilance team of the RAJUK would continuously monitor the fair to see whether any unapproved projects were being sold in the fair. ‘We will take stern action against those who will sell unauthorized projects in the fair,’ he added.

A visitor at REHAB Summer Fair 2012 enquiring about housing project

When contacted, REHAB general secretary Murad Iqbal Chowdhury said they have asked their members not to showcase unauthorized projects in the fair. He, however, asked people to ensure whether the projects are approved by the RAJUK before purchasing plots or apartments.
The fair will continue till June 17 and it will open from 10am to 9pm.

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