The design of proposed permanent campus of Canadian University of Bangladesh. -Collected
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) has allegedly violated rules in allocating a plot to the Canadian University of Bangladesh (CUB) under Purbachal New Town project.
According to a news item of bdnews24.com, the housing and public works ministry has asked Rajuk to explain why it awarded the private university the plot by changing the land category flouting High Court instructions. Both Rajuk and CUB have denied the allegation of violation of rules in the plot allotment.
"No change was brought to the category of the plot," Rajuk Secretary Sushanta Chakma said in the reply to the letter. When The Asian Age communicated with CUB trustee board Chairman Chowdhury Nafiz Sarafat for his version on the allegation, he said his university has done nothing illegally.
"We're transparent in our process and nothing has been done illegally. But a vested quarter is trying to damage the goodwill of our university," he said. Having commenced its operation in 2016, the university is functioning on a 16-storey building on Road number 11 in Banani and its website mentions plot number 60, Sector 9, Purbachal as the permanent address.
According to the bdnews24.com report, Rajuk allotted about 171 kathas (about 2.82 acres) of land on Dec 2 last year. The plot was mentioned as 'secondary school' in Purbachal's main plan. It said the university board of trustees applied for changing the category of the plot on Dec 4 last year while a proposal was placed in a Rajuk meeting on Dec 24 to change the plot category from 'secondary school' to 'college/university'. The capital development authority approved the proposal two days later.
The housing and public works ministry sent a letter to Rajuk chairman on Feb 25 after noticing that the issue of changing the category of the plot was included in a set of High Court instructions on Purbachal. The letter noted that the High Court instructed Rajuk not to modify the category of Purbachal plots mentioned in the masterplan.
Rajuk responded to the housing and public works ministry's letter on Mar 12, but the ministry was not satisfied with the reply. Rajuk Secretary Sushanta Chakma said in the reply that "no change was brought" to the category of the plot.In line with the fourth modification, the plot's category was 'secondary school' while Rajuk allotted the plot to the university under the "same category - educational institution", Sushanta said.He argued that the plot's category did not change through the allocation as both secondary school and university are educational institutions.
Housing and Public Works Secretary Md Shahid Ullah Khandaker said that the ministry was not satisfied with Rajuk's reply."We are not satisfied. We have made another file to check it further. It will go to the minister. We will check it further if he approves," Shahid Ullah told bdnews24.com.
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