Moulvibazar Ashrayan Project: Without utilities, houses remain vacant

Additional Deputy Commissioner (Revenue and Education) Mehedi Hasan visits the houses that were built under the Prime Minister’s Ashrayan Project in Barlekha upazila of Moulvibazar

Moulvibazar Correspondent : Beneficiaries are yet to move into most of the houses built under the prime minister’s Ashrayan Project in Moulvibazar’s Barlekha upazila five months after their handover, due to the lack of utility connections.

Some 50 houses were handed over to homeless families in five unions of the upazila under the Disaster Resilient House Building Project on January 23.

As many as 34 of them are now vacant as they are yet to get water and electricity connections.

Meanwhile, the 16 poor families who have moved into their houses are living under extreme suffering without access to water and electricity.

However, it is learned that the then upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) Shamim Al Imran wrote to the Palli Bidyut Samity and the public health engineer to provide electricity and water supply to the houses following the handover.

Confirming the matter, Emaj Uddin Sardar, deputy general manager (DGM) of Palli Bidyut Samity’s Baralekha regional office, said they could not install power to the houses because the respective union chairmen failed to complete the necessary wiring works.

“However, it has been decided that Palli Biddy Samity will complete all the wiring works and install power connections as per instructions from the Rural Electrification Board,” he added.

Upazila Deputy Assistant Engineer (Public Health) Moin Uddin said the installation of deep tube wells for the houses has already begun.

The installation work was delayed due to the lack of electrical connection, he added.

Speaking on the issue, the recently appointed UNO Khandaker Mudachir Bin Ali said: “At my first monthly coordination meeting, I had asked the DGM of local Palli Bidyut Samity about the power connections.”

The DGM assured that the houses would get power very soon, he added.

Besides, the installation of deep tube wells for the houses has also begun, he also said adding that any kind of negligence in this work will not be acceptable.

Additional Deputy Commissioner (Revenue and Education) Mehedi Hasan recently visited the houses that were built under the Prime Minister’s Ashrayan Project in Barlekha upazila.

“The quality and design of most of the houses seemed to be up to standard. However, a couple of houses will need minor repairs as I spotted some defects in the construction,” he told reporters on his visit.

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