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Allottees rent out 20 DU flats, sublet 200 others illegally to outsiders

Published : Friday, 23 February, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 350

At least 20 entire flats allocated to officers and employees in different areas of Dhaka University (DU) have been reportedly rented out to outsiders illegally. Besides, over 200 apartments have also been sublet to strangers, violating the agreement with the university administration.

According to the contract, they cannot sublet the flats entirely or partially to anyone or even substituted as residents.

However, sources at different residential areas including North Nilkhet, South Nilkhet, Shib Bari, Bangabandhu Tower, Russel Tower and Azimpur told this correspondent that the actual number of flats that are entirely rented out to outsiders is more than 50.

In most of the flats, newly-married couples, current and former students of different educational institutions situated near the DU campus including the university itself, Eden Mahila College and Govt College of Applied Human Science booked seats or rooms.

Sometimes, it was seen that the officers and employees circulating ads for rent of a single room or a full flat in different Facebook groups.    

It is learnt that the key objective to let the flats on hire is to earn some hefty amount of extra money.
Sometimes, the rent of a flat is twice or thrice the amount that the university authorities deduct from their monthly salary.

From the partially rented out flats, they earn Tk 7,000 to Tk 13,000 from a room, characterized by size of the room and the location of the building while the fully rented flats make Tk 18,000 to Tk 30,000 per month.

The rent is the highest in the Russel Tower and Bangabandhu Tower, two twenty-storey buildings constructed for university officers and staff respectively.

This correspondent found some 20 flats that are rented out fully in only North and South Nilkhet areas.

In South Nilkhet, the entire flats of Md Nizam Uddin (72/D), Nurul Amin (68/H), Md Khalilur Rahman (68/D), Md Ali Kawsar (60/C-5), Abul Hossain Jewel (73/C), Shafiqul Islam (73/I), Md Shoaib Hossain (40/B), Md Khalek (60/B-2), Shamim Pathan (60/B-1), Md Firoz Mia (60/C-1), Abdul Khalek (60/A-4), Md Jahangir (60/H-2), Abdul Baset (84/K) and Md Alauddin (67/D) have allegedly been rented out unlawfully.

Besides, in North Nilkhet, Kamal Hossain (94/G), Mamun Hossain (90/I), Rokeya Begum (95/E) and Afzal Hossain (90/F) have allegedly let out their flats to strangers.

Principal Administrative Officer of DUCSU Abul Kalam Azad (Russel Tower), Section Officer at the Exam Controller Office Md Delwar Hossain and a central mosque Imam have also allegedly rented out their allotted apartments, said sources in the respective areas.

Md Nizam Uddin, also the President of the DU Technical Employees Association, acknowledged that he rented out his flat and added he knew a number of his colleagues who have also rented out their flats entirely.

Asked about the others, he declined to disclose their names.

"There is no doubt that 60 to 70 per cent of the total flats are partially rented out," Nizam told The Daily Observer.

Notably, there are some 1,000 flats for DU officers and employees in different areas.

Acknowledging his absence in the flat, Khalilur Rahman (68/D) said his son lives in the flat who is also an employee in the university. Earlier his flat allocation was cancelled.

Shamim Pathan (60/B-1) said his colleague stays in the flat paying the same rent the university deducts from Shamims salary.

Abul Kalam Azad, Principal Administrative Officer of DUSCU, said the allocation of his flat was cancelled during the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Some followers of Chhatra League President Saddam Hussain stayed in my flat. My flat allocation was cancelled at that time. However, Saddam bhai fixed the problem by talking to the Estate Manager of the university," Abul Kalam told this correspondent.

Pretending to be a potential tenant, this correspondent visited over 20 flats in two areas - North Nilkhet and South Nilkhet - last December and found all of them were shared flats with outsiders except two. Most of them said the rooms to let were booked and some asked for a higher rent.

This correspondent also contacted a number of watchmen of the residential areas and collected information from them.

Highlighting the excessive malpractice, the guards often suggested this correspondent find out which flat is not sublet rather than looking for flats that are rented. They said more than 60 per cent of all the flats are rented partially.

Earlier, the space allocation committee chairman, also the Treasurer of the university, Prof Mamtaz Uddin Ahmed cancelled 11 allotments over such irregularities but the attempt went in vain due to the intervention of the then Vice-Chancellor Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman.

Although the previous Vice-Chancellor showed mercy and warned the wrongdoers at that time, most of them again rented out the flats, said Prof Mamtaz.

He said, "If you visit only the North and South Nilkhet areas, you will find that a maximum of the flats are rented out. However, the university does not allow even an inch of the flats to be sublet."

Administrative building sources said the current Vice-Chancellor Prof ASM Maksud Kamal is immensely disturbed by the reports of illegal renting of the flats and had recently assigned a team of teachers to raid the areas silently.

The teachers found the authenticity of the matter, said the sources.

Meanwhile, officers and employees of various offices of the university claimed Estate Manager Fatema Binte Mustafa failed to live up to her callings as she could not prevent such malpractices.

They alleged, Fatema and her team failed to identify flats let out to others as the allottees get prior notice of the drive. Following the calls, the owners ensure their presence in the residence. Fatema always raids the apartments along with officer and employee leaders of the respective area, which ultimately yields no result.

At least a dozen university staff claimed many deserving employees are not getting apartments due to Fatemas indulgence to the wrongdoers.

Declining the allegation, Fatema said the estate office is working on the matter and soon she will hand over the reports to the Vice-Chancellor.

"The number of flats that are rented out fully is more than you have found in your investigation," Fatema told this correspondent.

Vice-Chancellor Prof ASM Maksud Kamal while talking to this correspondent at his office on Thursday said he was aware of the problem and was seriously looking into the matter. He will take action as per the university rules.

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