Urban Planners said Saturday that public sufferings multiplied in the capital due to its unplanned development activities.
Speaking at a discussion on the role of journalists in urban planning and development they said that the problems arose due to endemic skirting of development plans in place.
They said there were instances in which the government forced urban planners to modify plans in place to protect or advance the interests of vested quarters.
The discussion was hosted by the Bangladesh Institute of Planners at its office in the capital in cooperation with the City Development Journalist Forum Bangladesh.
Chairing the session, BIP former president planner Golam Rahman blamed the government for causing public sufferings by not implementing plans approved over the decades for the systematic development of the capital.
In his keynote paper Daily Star senior reporter Tawfique Ali called it regrettable that none of the approved plans for the capital, including the Detailed Area Plan and Strategic Transport Plan were implemented.
He accused ‘unholy nexus of negotiable politics’, influential businessmen and corrupt bureaucrats for foiling successive development plans for the capital.
BIP vice-president Akter Mahmud said that not a single development plan for the capital was implemented.
He said that implementation of the sidetracked development plans in a pragmatic manner would help solve many the problems facing the capital and its residents.
He said that successive development for the capital were foiled by influential wicked political elements.
When the floor was opened to the audience reporters covering the event, blamed planners for their failure to deliver long-term plans keeping public interests in view due to lack professional skills or out of unethical considerations.
BIP general secretary Adil Mohammed Khan said that in some of the cases the planners could not plan independently due to insufficient funding by the authorities as well as pressure from influential people.
BIP vice-president Mohammad Fazle Reza Sumon said that the government and not the planners could be blamed for non implementation of approved development plans.
CDJFB president Amitosh Pal and general secretary Motin Abdullah also spoke.
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