International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

“Development Project, Land Acquisition and Resettlement in Bangladesh; A Quest for Well Formulated National Resettlement and Rehabilitation Policy”
Syed Al Atahar

Land acquisition for various development projects has become a critical issue in Bangladesh. The country’s large population and small geographical size have put land at the center of any policy implication. Many people have already been displaced, and large numbers will also be displaced in the near future, as various infrastructural development projects are currently going on and many are planned with the aim of fostering economic growth and developing new governmental institutions. Nevertheless, the country has no clear land acquisition and resettlement policy, and displaced people are seldom compensated or resettled adequately. This paper analyzes the current practice of land acquisition and Bangladesh’s resettlement policy with reference to the Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge (JMB) land acquisition and resettlement project. The paper concludes with future policy implications based on the identified shortcomings and the discrepancies between the stated policy and actual practice.

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