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People are leaving Dhaka, 'To-let' is increasing everywhere

প্রকাশ:  ২৫ জুন ২০২০, ২২:২৪ | আপডেট : ২৫ জুন ২০২০, ২২:৪২
Bipul Hasan

Even a few months ago, it was difficult to rent a desirable house in Dhaka, the picture has changed in the Corona epidemic. Even though signboards with the words 'to-late' are hanging in one house after another in Dhaka, the tenants do not match. As a result, the owners who are dependent on house rent have fallen into a very bad situation.

In the absence of tenants, some people have been living in flats and apartments for two months. He is not getting rent money, then he has to pay the gas, water and electricity bills of those flats from his pocket.

Millions of people in the capital who lost their jobs during the Corona period have become helpless. The economic class structure has also changed in the last three months. At this time the lower-middle class has descended to the lower class and the lower class has become poorer. Most of them survive after eating, but they are under a lot of pressure to pay the rent.

Many are moving to the village with their families to escape the situation. Some are sending their families to the village. In this situation, the landlords of Dhaka are in a tenant crisis. Most of the houses have rent signboards hanging in front of them. But the tenants are not matching, no one is even coming to look for them.

Thousands of people have lost their jobs because of the pandemic and have been forced to leave the capital, where they worked. Many have simply run out of money and have no other choice but to return to their home villages. Gvernment has announced billions of dollars in stimulus packages, but analysts say things will only stabilize when businesses are running as normal.

A to-let sign was hanging on a tin-shed shanty at Bagichartek slum, adjacent to Hatirjheel area of the capital. Locals said the former tenant, who had three family members, recently went to their village home as he failed to finance his livelihood in the city.

According to the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, the population of Dhaka was 68 lakh in 1991. From then, the city population kept surging to 2019. The UN World Urbanization Prospectus 2018 said Dhaka's population surpassed 1.70 crore.

The International Labour Organization (ILO), last April, reported the virus could wipe out 19 crore jobs across the world this year. The ILO estimated that the Asia-Pacific region would see the greatest loss in work hours. In the same month, Dhaka-based Policy Research Institute estimated that at least 1.5 crore people had lost jobs in the pandemic as of last April.

According to a joint survey conducted by BRAC, DataSense and Unnayan Shamannay, the pandemic has put 10.22 crore people at financial and economic risk. Among the surveyed, 34 percent family said at least one of the family members has lost their job.

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