The Dhaka North City Corporation authorities have backtracked from their decision of not allowing boundary walls that obstruct visibility of public places.
The government agency, withdrawing its own decision, is now constructing non-visible boundary walls at diplomatic zone Baridhara in the capital where it constructed walls with visibility a year ago to give a wider look to the areas.
DNCC officials told New Age that to meet the demands of the residents of different embassies they had to backtrack from their decision.
DNCC additional chief engineer Syed Qudratullah said that residents of the area filed complaints with the DNCC authorities stating that their security was being hampered due to the walls with visibility.
‘Residents of the area also alleged that the walls with visibility increased dust pollution. Considering importance of the area we have changed our decision,’ Qudratullah said.
However, urban planners disagreed with the decision of the DNCC and said that late mayor Annisul Huq took the decision after huge debate with planners.
They said that in modern cities, the authorities should not construct non visible boundary walls in public areas and they should not allow anyone to construct such walls.
‘It is a visual pollution,’ said Bangladesh Institute of Planners general secretary Adil Mohammad Khan.
He said that walls around any private or government establishments did not ensure security; rather it hampered their security.
He said, ‘According to urban planning theory, visibility increases the security of a place.’ In a highly populated city like Dhaka the government should not block any space, he added.
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