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Thursday, November 22, 2012


De-congest Dhaka city

High time to act

Dhaka city's status as the most unliveable city in the world is in part reflected by the steady migration of people into the capital every day. It is the fastest growing city in South Asia, at a pace of almost 4% annually, with 15 lakh new residents in the last 10 years, totalling the population at 1.5 crore. Thousands of people flock to the city every day in search of better education, better employment, better lives. The result, naturally, is an overcrowded city, characterised by heavy traffic congestion, pollution, environmental degradation and shortage of basic resources and facilities such as electricity, water and gas. For, despite its rapid growth, the city is not under any urban development strategy, resulting in unplanned and chaotic growth.

One way to tackle the problem as suggested by experts is the decentralisation of business facilities and dispersal of opportunities. This is true of all basic and necessary facilities, however, including health and education. The establishment of quality primary, secondary and tertiary educational institutions as well as medical facilities in other major cities and towns would prevent thousands of people migrating to the capital in search of better facilities.

The setting up of business opportunities away from the capital, too, would be a natural incentive for people to remain in their home towns or in nearby areas to make a living. This should go hand in hand with realisation of the several city plans that have been designed by experts over time, which includes mass transit system, seen as a solution to the capital's infamous traffic system.

Urbanisation comes with economic growth, but without the system and facilities to meet the needs of the fast-growing urban population -- a projected 10 crore by 2030 -- we will be continuing to grow in the restricted, capital-centric manner in which we are now, inhabiting one of the most unliveable cities in the world.

Traditionally, an overall plan for urbanisation has not received the focus it should have. It is high time to prioritise planned urban growth.

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Dhaka is unfit for a civilized living. I get sick to my stomach whenever I visit Dhaka.

I wonder if Bangladesh or Bangladeshis have skill to design a city. Looks like people of Dhaka are content with such kind of living.

: Robin

There is absolutely no concern at the state of affairs of the capital city Dhaka! Let it be, we are in love with dirt, filth and oozing drains, garbage and all negative things that is never to happen in any other Asian or African city. By now we have also become experts in mugging, abduction and killing, etc. We have earned world laurels in running a capital city! And our traffic system is enviable, road signs are all in the museum. We are busy writing a book on how Dhaka has evolved into the present state. The best is yet to come.

: Ali


  • ShamimH
    Thursday, November 22, 2012 01:48 AM GMT+06:00 (168 weeks ago)

    The quickest solution is to move major parts of the Administration/Bureaucracy to other cities.

  • Mafizur Rahim
    Thursday, November 22, 2012 08:03 AM GMT+06:00 (168 weeks ago)

    Shift Dhaka Airport to another location and force all government offices, courts, private offices and all financial institutions to relocate to old and new airport. This area can be turned into a planed new city center with a skyline to match that of Manhattan, Dubai, Shanghai and London. Design and implement regional industrial and economic policies to take the stress off Dhaka.

  • shariful alam
    Thursday, November 22, 2012 08:26 AM GMT+06:00 (168 weeks ago)

    Now it is indeed unbearable to reside in Dhaka city though it is a pain to say. Let me share my every day personal experience on transit from Mirpur to Motijheel. In the morning, I have to spend 2 hours to go to Motijheel from Pallabi and at night (starts at around 7:30 pm) again I have to sacrifice more than 2 hours to return. That is everyday I am forced to spend more than 4 hours to attend my office and back from there. I have doubt whether is there any city in the world where city dwellers have to spend that much invaluable time to cross this much little distance. This suffering results in due unplanned urbanization in Dhaka city. Capital city grows up day by day which is very natural but forecasting by the concerned city planner was supposed to be done long back how to handle this sort of pressure. It is also ridiculous to see that in capital city's residential area how garment industries are growing up with faster pace. Permission to build new Garments industries in Dhaka city should immediately be stopped. Shifting of existing garment and other factories ought to be done phase by phase by giving time to factory owners. Those should be shifted out side Dhaka city in like EPZ type area. Now taking breath and living with family in Dhaka city is really horrible. Government and related other should starts from now without any delay.

  • sayma
    Thursday, November 22, 2012 02:40 PM GMT+06:00 (168 weeks ago)

    The status of the most unliveable city is a matter of great concern for us.Because it is our capital city.I think govt. should come forward by taking necessary steps.Decentralized development process can play a vital role here.





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