City planners for decentralising economic hubs

Staff Correspondent

11 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The government should decentralize the economic hubs to district towns for ensuring balanced development across the country, city planners have said.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, engineers of the Bangladesh Institute of Planners (BIP) also stressed the need for assessment-based allocations for underprivileged areas to boost economic growth and create more jobs.

Jahangirnagar University’s urban and regional planning department Prof Dr AKM Abul Kalam, BIP former general secretary Khondokar M Ansar Hossain, Vice-President Muhammad Ariful Islam were the main discussants in the meeting conducted by BIP general secretary Dr Adil Mohammed Khan.

Prof AKM Abul Kalam mentioned that most of the buildings in upazila areas were built without any design approval as the government is yet to appoint urban planners for these territories.

BIP general secretary Dr Adil Muhammad Khan said the government should retain the regional budget concept to ensure balanced development in the socio-economic aspect.

“The government should allocate special fund for rehabilitation of the landless due to the river erosion,” he said. He further recommended enhancing the distribution process of stimulus funds to reach the benefits to small businesses.

Jica Bangladesh consultant Syed Afsan Shabab suggested introducing a local action plan to coordinate the budget allocation for regional development.