The dream of having a planned city with access to all civic amenities is coming closer as more than 60 per cent of development work, including land development and road and bridge constructions of the Purbachal New Town project has been completed.
The completion of Purbachal New Town kept lingering for the last three decades as the deadline of the project has been extended several times. The deadline now is June 2020. However, the government is trying to make the city ready by the end of this year.Various obstacles delayed the progress of the Purbachal project. All those who got plot allotments will get their plots ready by the end of 2019,” housing and public works minister S M Reazaul Karim said while visiting the 100-foot canal excavation project from Kuril to Balu River recently.
“We could not progress as fast as required. Now the obstacles are almost over. We hope to make it ready by the end of 2019,” the minister said.
Talking to the daily sun, project director of Purbachal New Town Project Engr Ujjal Mallick said, “Around 80 per cent of developments that needs to be made to make the town livable have already been done. Development of lakes, canals, internal road, drains has made significant progress.”
“We have finished 60 per cent of our job but hope we will be able to finish the rest of the work before the deadline,” said Ujjal Mallick, also an official of RAJUK.
Talking to this correspondent, chief engineer of RAJUK (Project and Design) A.S.M. Raihanul Ferdous also confirmed the same about the progress of the project.
RAJUK started acquiring land for the project in 1992 and the development work began in 2007 after getting the approval on 22 February 2005.Purbachal New Town is located between the Shitalakhya and the Balu rivers in Rupganj of Narayanganj and Kaliganj of Gazipur.
The project area is divided into 30 sectors, with 38.60 per cent for residential, 26.15 per cent for roads and footpath, 16.45 per cent for administration, utilities and others, 11.20 per cent for sports, park and forest and 07.60 per cent for lake and canal.
The project comprises 150 acres of land under Khilkhet Thana, 1500 acres under Kaliganj of Gazipur and 4577 acres under Rupganj of Narayanganj district.
RAJUK is targeting the finish the work of canal and lake by December this year but as the progress may linger slightly depending on the weather condition. Project officials said the canal project is a part of the beautification job and will not affect the completion of the main project.
Construction of the roads will be finished by March. Construction of 36 out of 65 bridges has been completed and the rest will be completed soon.
RAJUK is planning to construct 93 educational institutions and reconstruct two schools in the town, project director Ujjal Mallick said.
We have already informed the plot owners to build their establishments quickly. We will cancel the allotment of the plots those have been handed over four years ago but the owners did not build any structures on the plots, he said.
Of the 25,016 plots, 15,000 have been handed over and lease deeds of 14,000 plots have been done.
For the supply of gas, an LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) depot would be set up in each of the 30 sectors to supply bottled LPG to households.
Electricity has been provided to 20 out of 30 sectors using overhead cables as the underground lining is very costly. Water supply systems will be set up soon, project officials said.
Construction of a 142-storey iconic tower, an international cricket stadium and high-rise multi-storied apartment complexes are underway, according to RAJUK officials.
Besides, Bangladesh China Friendship Exhibition Center will be launched soon and construction of National Academy for Autism and Neuro Development Disabilities are underway in Purbachal.
Some challenges remain
Some challenges are still impeding the speedy completion of the new town project. These including setting up four police stations, having a local body to govern the area, commercial plot auction, relocation of some mosques and temple that need to solve quickly, the project director said.
We have already allocated a sizeable amount of land for setting up four police stations and two police lines. It is needed for the security of the residents of the new town. For that we have already sought support from the home ministry, Ujjal Mallick said, adding that commercial auction is very important to build up the township in Purbachal quickly.
We need a local body for the management of all affairs of the town. The necessity of relocation of religious establishments is also very urgent, the PD added.
“Apart from that, we could not do some job, including the road widening as it will take some time and those jobs will be done after June 2020,” he also added.