Experts suggest for developing intermediate cities

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:39, Nov 11,2017

 
 

Guests and participants pose for a photograph after a discussion, organised by Institute of Architect Bangladesh and International Union of Architects, in the capital’s Agargaon on Friday. — New Age photo

Architects and urban planners on Friday stressed on developing intermediate cities around the capital and elsewhere of the country for sustainable development of the country.
At a discussion meeting in the city, they also urged the government for a compact development of the cities and setting up a good linkage of them with the villages.
Institute of Architects Bangladesh and International Union of Architects organised the discussion marking the three-day long ‘Urban Thinkers Campus Dhaka 2017’.
Taking part in discussion, director of Leibniz Institute of Germany Bernhard Mueller said that intermediate cities could solve problems like housing crisis in the densely populated cities like Dhaka.
He also stressed on planned development of the municipalities of the country and said that if the municipalities are developed in an unplanned way, people would face same crisis in future.
He stressed the need for area-based problem-solving plans for a remedy from current crisis, not big master plans of similar kind for all municipalities having different characteristics.
Practical Action Bangladesh country director Hasin Jahan said that the government made master plan for the municipalities of the country without considering natural growth of the area.
She urged to develop people oriented municipality master plans focusing on the area’s natural features.
Bangladesh Institute of Planners vice-president Architect Salma A Shafi urged the government for developing cities around the capital and to build good communication network among them which would reduce many problems of the city.
Illinois university Professor Salim Rashid said that urban facilities in the rural areas might reduce public rush to the cities which affect city lifestyle very much.
BUET architecture department Professor Nasreen Hossain said that there should be a good linkage between the urban and rural areas.
She said without a compact development of cities, urban civic facilities would never be ensured.
Participatory Development Action Programme executive director Quazi Baby said that public rush to cities would reduce if the government could ensure employment opportunities and utilities in rural areas.
Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon joint secretary Architect Iqbal Habib criticized the discrimination between rural and urban areas. He said the city people were exploiting rural people as the British and Pakistan people did.
He said the villagers could not afford milk, fish, fruits, vegetables and the others items which they produce in the village, but which the city people consume.
He urged the government to ensure utilities in the villages which attract villagers to come to the city.
A total of four sessions were held at the same venue on the second day of three-day campaign, scheduled to conclude today. 

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