However expensive it is to turn Dhaka into a commuter friendly city, the strategies must be governed by the need of the public, not by the expenditure that the projects entail. In the STP proposed by The Louis Berger Group and Bangladesh Consultant Ltd the final design and financing plans for the first metro line begins in the 2010 to 2014 phase. The experts feel that the work of metro-rail must begin immediately. As Prof Islam has pointed out, Dhaka needs an integrated system of traffic, where even the waterways would be in proper use to facilitate mobility of the city dwellers.
(R) thedailystar.net 2005