No urban development plan was completely implemented in Bangladesh as the government had lack in its commitment, observed urban planners at a seminar in Dhaka on Thursday.
They complained that the government held back the implementation of various urban plans, including Five-Year-Plan and Detailed Area Plan, to give benefit to some influential individuals.
Bangladesh Institute of Planners in cooperation with BRAC, Sheltech, Urban Development Journalists’ Forum and Eastern Housing Ltd organised the seminar on contemporary development ideas as part of their week-long events marking World Town Planning Day in its auditorium in the capital.
BIP vice-president Akter Mahmud said the country’s development was not on the right track as there was a huge gap between plans and their implementation.
Jahangirnagar University professor Akter Mahmud said people living in Dhaka and other parts of the country were facing acute civic crisis as they were not getting any benefit of planning.
Power and Participation Research Centre executive chairman Hossain Zillur Rahman lamented that in many cases development plans were either scrapped or changed to protect the vested interest groups.
He said without economic development people would not stay in a beautiful city like Barishal. On the other hand people would migrant to unliveable cities like Dhaka to live in.
BIP president AKM Abul Kalam chaired the seminar while BIP general secretary Adil Mohammad Khan moderated the event.
Among others, BIP former president Golam Rahman, vice-president Fazle Reza Sumon, Urban Development Journalists’ Forum president Amitosh Pal and BRAC urban development programme head Hasina Moshrefa were present.
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