The existing slums in the city would be replaced by multi-storey buildings to allow the inhabitants to live in a healthy and better condition.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced this on Sunday while laying the foundation of Dasherkandi Sewerage Treatment Plant at a function at Hotel Sonargaon in Dhaka today.
“There would have no slums in the city, rather 20 storied buildings would be constructed for slum people where they would live by giving rent on daily, weekly and monthly basis,” she said.
“Poor people come to cities for many reasons and live in shanties… we need them every day in our daily work. So, they need a better atmosphere to live,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said slum people will be able to live in flats in exchange for the same amount they now pay for living in slums and we have to give attention to proving them with a standard life as country’s economy is getting better.
“Benefit of the country’s economic progress would not only go to the higher-class people, poor people should also get the benefit of the development,” she said.
The Dasherkandi Sewerage Treatment Plant is being constructed at a cost of about Taka 332 crore with Chinese government’s support as part of the Dhaka WASA’s master plan to bring the city under pipeline sewerage system by 2025.
Four more sewerage treatment plants would be constructed in Dhaka City to put in place a sustainable and environment friendly water management and sewerage system under the master plan.
Two of the sewerage plants would be constructed at Pagla and Uttara with World Bank support and two others at Rayerbazar and Mirpur with the assistance of Asia Development Bank (ADB).
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain, senior secretary of local Government Division Dr Jafor Ahmed Khan, and Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Zhung Zuo aslo spoke on the occasion while managing director of Dhaka WASA Taqsem A Khan gave the welcome address.