The gift of home

Following the Ashrayan-2 model would be key

Homelessness is one of the biggest issues facing Bangladesh, of that there is no doubt.

But it is an issue that the current administration is well aware of and has indeed taken meaningful measures in the recent past to combat.

One of the more prominent of such measures being the Ashrayan-2 project, which is set to give tens of thousands of families a place to call their own this Eid-ul-Fitr.

Each unit under the Ashrayan-2 initiative will be equipped with a kitchen, a toilet, and a balcony, and will cost Tk330,000 with the inclusion of any and all taxes.

The first phase of the project, which was launched on January 23, 2021.

Saw the government providing close to 64,000 such houses, while almost 54,000 more were provided in the second phase.

This is the kind of pro-people action that we expect from our leaders.

There are far too many in our nation without homes, and housing projects are few and far between.

While projects such as Ashrayan-2 are incredibly welcome in the current climate, they are the exception rather than the rule.

To that end, a comprehensive public housing plan is the only way forward, one that is mapped out on a district-by-district basis.

In Dhaka, far too many people without homes are all but forced to live in risky conditions in slums, where unexpected fires break out almost every day.

Given just how many people flock to the capital in search of employment on a yearly basis, clean, safe.

And affordable housing projects would be more than appreciated in Dhaka as well.

To that end, following the Ashrayan-2 model would be key.

For the 33,000 families who are set to receive homes under this project, clearly a better Eid cannot be imagined.

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