Deal #7551

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Exact location
Location
Uttar Khan, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Latitude
23.8726978
Longitude
90.44787829999996
Facility name
Ashiyan City
Target country
Bangladesh
Location description
The housing project namely “Ashiyan City” has been proposed to be developed by Ashiyan Lands Development Limited (a private housing company) in the mouzas of Uttar Khan, Dakkhin Khan, Barua and Bauthar (low agricultural lands and wetlands) of Dhaka City.
Comment on location
Developed by Ashiyan Lands Development Limited (a private housing company) in the mouzas of Uttar Khan, Dakkhin Khan, Barua and Bauthar.

Land area

Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
[current] 484.40871376
Size in operation (production, in ha)
1376
Comment on land area
Although the legal battle against the project challenged the filling up of 93.263853111 ha of wetlands and agricultural lands, the Company, during the hearing of the case, manipulated a so-called 'no objection' from the Deputy Commissioner for developing its township in 484.40871376 ha of land.

Intention of investment

Intention of investment
Other (please specify)
Comment on intention of investment
Housing Project.

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
Concluded (Contract signed)
[2012] Failed (Contract cancelled)

Implementation status

Implementation status
Project abandoned
Comment on implementation status
The project was considered invalid and was placed on hold by the Bangladesh government

Operating company

Name of investment project
Ashiyan City
Comment on investment chain
ASHIYAN CITY the prime Project of ASHIYAN LAND DEVELOPMENT LTD.

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Publication title
Ashiyan City project and land grabbing in wetlands, Bangladesh
Comment on data source
A report.

Data source #2

Data source type
Company sources
File
Comment on data source
Company Website.

Data source #3

Data source type
Media report
File
Publication title
আশিয়ান সিটি প্রকল্প অবৈধ ঘোষণা
Date
2014-01-17

Recognitions status of community land tenure

Recognition status of community land tenure
Community traditional or customary rights not recognized by government
Comment on recognitions status of community land tenure
Locals social image hampered. Land rights violated.

How did the community react?

Community reaction
Rejection
Comment on community reaction
The locals are against the project.

Presence of land conflicts

Presence of land conflicts
Yes
Comment on presence of land conflicts
The conflicts in this area are about development of an unauthorized housing project by a private realtor, advertisement for selling of plots therein, grabbing of private and public lands, filling up of wetlands, violation of Master Plan and laws relating private housing project. Type of conflict. 1st level:Infrastructure and Built Environment 2nd level:Water access rights and entitlements Urban development conflicts

Negative impacts for local communities

Negative impacts for local communities
Environmental degradation
Socio-economic
Cultural loss
Other

Promised or received compensation

Received compensation (e.g. for damages or resettlements)
Government agencies fined the realtor for filling up of wetlands and also filed case on the same ground. The amount is approximately $5889.43 which was at first demanded $58894.30.

Promised benefits for local communities

Promised benefits for local communities
Health
Education
Productive infrastructure (e.g. irrigation, tractors, machinery...)
Roads
Capacity Building
Financial Support
Other
Comment on promised benefits for local communities
Under its project, it proposed to develop thousands of housing plots by earth filling and construct hospitals, roads, mosques and other public amenities.

Presence of organizations and actions taken (e.g. farmer organizations, NGOs, etc.)

Presence of organizations and actions taken (e.g. farmer organizations, NGOs, etc.)
--Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Assocaition (BELA) --Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) --Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) --Bangladesh Environment Movement (BAPA) --Poribesh Banchao Andolon (POBA) --Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB)

Former land cover

Former land cover
Wetland

Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT)

Application of Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT)
No

Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investments (PRAI)

Application of Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investments (PRAI)
No

Overall comment

Overall comment
A so-called township Ashiyan City spreading over 1650 acres (an area far beyond the ceiling given in Bangladesh Land Holding Limitation Order, 1972) was being developed in the mouzas of Uttar Khan, Dakkhin Khan, Barua and Bauthar in the north of Capital Dhaka by a realtor filling up vast area of flood plains. It is apprehended that a long battle is to be fought for upholding the rights of the poor land-owners and for restoring the wetlands already filled up by the realtor.

Feb. 1, 2020, 10:26 a.m.

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