Rajuk took a U-turn by proposing to allow construction of residential and commercial buildings in the same area in its new 20-year Detailed Area Plan for 2016-2035.
The capital would get ‘a mixed development strategy’, Rajuk officials told New Age.
The DAP for 1995-2015 did not permit construction of commercial buildings in residential zones.
The new DAP, is expected to be notified in the official gazette in January.
RAJUK deputy town planner and DAP project director Ashraful Islam said that the mixed development strategy had been proposed for the capital to make it vibrant.
He said that the Motijheel Commercial Area gets lifeless and insecure after business hours and on holidays which ‘is not desirable.’
He said that the existing residential areas like Dhanmondi, Gulshan, Banani, Baridhara and Uttara would be left as they were.
He said RAJUK would approve new construction plans for the Old Town, Badda, Zigatola and some other areas in the capital according to the mixed development strategy proposed in the DAP.
‘High residential and low commercial blocks would be allowed in some areas while low residential with high commercial buildings would be permitted in some other areas,’ he said.
The proposed mixed development strategy would not be applicable for Dhanmondi, Gulshan, Banani and Baridhara residential areas, he said.
Urban planners described the mixed development strategy as a good idea, but the strategy would yield the best results depending on implementation in each area according to population and availability of utility services.
They said that the mixed development strategy could reduce traffic congestions.
They said that mixed development strategy helped cities in developed countries better community interactions.
BUET urban planning professor Sarwar Jahan said that said that mixed development strategy though good but RAJUK might create anarchy while implementing it.
Sarwar said that commercial activities in a residential area should be allowed according to its population but if RAJUK failed to measure the exact area wise requirement under political pressure the whole strategy would backfire to increase public sufferings.
He said educational institutions, super shops, hospitals, banks, markets and civic amenities could be allowed according an area’s population ratio.
Well planned combined development would ensure better security and reduce traffic jams, he said.
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