Speakers at a programme expressed concern over the unabated encroachment of playgrounds, parks and open space and water bodies.
High-rise buildings have been constructed on many of the open space and water bodies over the last few years that are posing challenges in the way of attainment of SDG goals for sustainable cities and communities, they said.They were addressing a seminar styled “Sustainable Cities and Communities” at Bangladesh Institute of Planners on Saturday. Bangladesh Institute of Planners (BIP) arranged the event marking the World Town Planning-2018 at its Banglamotor office.
The discussants made some recommendations, including improving the urban environment and protecting open space as well as water bodies, balancing urbanization process regionally, decentralizing development works and utilizing land resources in a better way, for better cities and communities .
Speaking as the chief guest, Senior Secretary of Planning Commission, Prof Shamsul Alam laid emphasis on implementation of Bangladesh Delta Plan-2100.
If Bangladesh Delta Plan is implemented, poverty of the country will be eradicated by 2030. The government should implement the delta plan strictly by empowering the local government, he said, adding that if it is not implemented, it will take 10 more years to get rid of poverty.
Speaking on the occasion, Secretary of the Ministry of Housing and Public Works Md Shahid Ullah Khandaker said, “We have to conserve parks, playgrounds and water bodies. But we are losing them for the last few years due to the failure of the city cooperation.”
Public and private efforts as well as public awareness are needed to conserve them, he added.President of BIP Prof Abul Kalam Azad presided over the seminar.