A total of 230 landless families of small ethnic communities in the Bandarban district will get environment-friendly Machang Ghar—houses built on wooden or bamboo platforms—from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
According to Bandarban district administration, houses are being built under the Ashrayan project initiated by the Prime Minister’s Office for a total of 4,133 families. The government has allocated Tk 70 crore for building a total of 3,560 houses, and each Machang Ghar is being built at a cost of Tk 2.5 lakh.
As of now, a total of 2,968 semi pucca houses have been handed over to their recipients and construction of another 592 houses, including 230 Machang Ghars, are currently underway.
Visiting the construction works in Jamchari union under Bandarban Sadar upazila on Monday (October 31, 2022), Chattogram’s Divisional Commissioner Md Ashraf Uddin expressed satisfaction at the progress of the project.
“Instead of building semi pucca houses as in other areas of the country, we’re building Machang Ghars for the homeless ethnic people keeping in line with their culture and traditions,” said Ashraf.
Yasmin Parvin Tibriji, Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Bandarban, said that the Machang Ghars are being built based on people’s demands.
“After consulting the local public representatives, we sent a proposal to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) regarding the construction of Machang Ghars. A team from the PMO approved our proposal after visiting the area,” Yasmin said.
Yasmin added that the district administration received the allocation under the fourth phase of the Ashrayan project.