Batali Hill people to be rehabilitated

Ref: Poor landless dwellers living in the vulnerable area along Batali Hill in Tigerpass of the port city will be rehabilitated in a seven-storey building.

The Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) took the decision on Monday at its regular general meeting, chaired by mayor M Manzur Alam, days after 17 people were killed in a landslide in that area.

Some 200 families would be accommodated in the proposed building on the CCC’s own land, where each would be given 250 square feet flat at low prices, to be paid back in 15 years.

Following continued heavy rain, a huge chunk of earth and a retaining wall of the CCC collapsed on July 1, burying six hillside shanties, leaving scores of people trapped.

Monday’s meeting was attended by panel mayor, councillors and officials of the CCC and other government agencies.

Public relations officer of the CCC Saifuddin Ahmed told that they had sent a notice to the 200 families, already listed, living in that area under risk to vacate the place.

The tiny flats will have a room, a kitchen and a toilet.

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