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‘Dhaka dev plan must comply with SDGs’

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 11 January, 2023 12:00 AM
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‘Dhaka dev plan must comply with SDGs’

Dhaka City Development Master Plan should be implemented in such a way so that essential things are available at the doorsteps of the citydwellers and sustainable development goals are achieved, said Housing and Public Works Secretary Kazi Wasi Uddin.

He made the remarks at a workshop on the challenges in making Dhaka city livable in Dhaka yesterday. Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU) organised the event at the city’s CIRDAP auditorium.

“The city development plan must be prepared in a manner so that all the necessary facilities can be availed in anyone’s living area,” he said.

About the Detailed

 Area Plan (DAP), the housing and public works secretary said that the DAP has been finalised after discussing with all the stakeholders.

He said that there is no alternative to implement the DAP to make Dhaka livable.

“RAJUK (Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakkha) should undertake a separate project so that the public places remain free,” Kazi Wasi Uddin added.

He also mentioned that RAJUK’s manpower shortage in ensuring compliance with the existing laws is linked to the housing sector.

RAJUK Chairman Anisur Rahman Miah said that controlling development is the main challenge for RAJUK now. He also hinted at tightening more grip on city development.

“With the gradual development of the capital city, we’re trying to build resilience in the city,” he remarked.

Anisur Rahman Miah said, “Purbachal city is ready now, where 60,000 apartments will be constructed.”

He also informed that usually RAJUK gives ownership of free areas in other projects, “but in case of Purbachal, ownership of free grounds has not been given.”

In his keynote speech, RAJUK’s chief urban planner and DAP project director Md Ashraful Islam said, “DAP is not a Bible that it can’t be changed. It can be changed as the necessity demands with the country’s economic development.”

DRU secretary Mainul Hassan called for reducing hassles the people face while dealing with RAJUK. “RAJUK is a name for customers' hassles now.”

Former president of Bangladesh Institute of Planners Prof Dr Aktar Mahmud and DRU acting president Dipu Sarwar also spoke at the event, moderated by Tofazzal Hossain Rubel.