Rezaul Haque, Sylhet
It has long been a tradition over the last two decades to build duplex houses in Sylhet district especially by expatriate Bangladeshis living in the UK, the USA and Canada.
There are many such houses in Sylhet town and villages known locally as ‘Londoni House’.
After building such houses, most of the owners normally leave the country, just handing over the houses to their respective caretakers.
According to sources, around 25 lakh people of Sylhet division are now living abroad.
Most of them live the UK. Most of the UK expatriates love to spend their hard-earned money for the constructing duplex houses in different parts of Sylhet instead of business purpose.
Asia Foundation, an NGO, conducted a survey over the expatriates’ investment in the country.
According to the survey, 52.4 percent expatriate people of Sylhet spend their money in building duplex houses while12.2 percent invest in business sector.
In 2012, Tk 23,035 core were deposited in different banks in Sylhet division from abroad, where only Tk 7,450 crore were withdrawn, according to the Bangladesh Bank’s Sylhet branch.
Most of the Londoni houses are built in Sylhet city, Beanibazar, Bishwanath, Balaganj, Osmaninagar andSunamganj’s Jagannathpurupazila.
Kandakar Shiper Ahmed, president of of Sylhet Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that from last five years there is no trend to build duplex house in Sylhet, especially by expatriate Bangladeshis living in the UK, USA and Canada. They want to sell their property otherwise they invest money into the business instead of building duplex house.
He further said they convince them to invest their earning money in business sector to boost the country’s economy.