Urban Planner Md Nazim Uddin said that master plan for Cox’s Bazar provided the easiest solution to all the problems prevailing in the urban areas of the district but the plan was hardly implemented so far.
He said that if the plan was implemented as it was the people would get a better life and livelihood in the tourist city of the country.
Senior urban planner of Urban Development Directorate in Cox’s Bazar Nazim said that the UDD had prepared a master plan for 20 years of duration (2011-2031) in 2013 for its 322.31 square km of the district.
The area including Cox’s Bazar Municipality, Maheshkhali, Ramu, Ukhiya, Teknaf, Saint Martin’s and the others.
‘Identifying the problems of the area, the plan gave the easiest solutions to them,’ he said.
To assist in designing a sustainable life in the area, the master plan suggests separate area for residential, commercial industrial, beach and rural areas.
The plan estimated 16, 41, 217 population for the area and ensured their housing and other facilities within the urban areas.
According to the plan, there should not be any concrete structure within 300 metres from beach point, 6.5 metre height structure at next 300 metre, 15 metre height structure on next 300 metre, 22 metre height structure on next 300 and 35 metre height structure on next 300 metre under municipal area.
For virgin beach area it air space limit was wider as it prohibited any structure on first 500 of the beach, 5 metre height structure on next 500 metre and 9.5 metre structure on next 500.
He said that considering the aesthetic aspect of the beach, the planning was very much appreciated, but nothing could be found there that reflected the plan.
During planning the urban planners considered the ground and surface condition of the areas and designed an integrated city for all.
Area-based land use planning was given priority for the multidimensional area that covers plain land, hill, beach, wetland and the others.
One of the planners prepared the master plan Nazim said that 120 feet wide main road for Cox’s Bazar was proposed, hotel-motel and open space was given priority in the planning.
‘All the solutions are given keeping hills and forest untouched,’ he said.
Al least three waste dumping stations were proposed for the urban people to ensure better waste management.
Terminal area, Khurushkul Bazar and Chakmarkul among others were proposed for residential areas while Kalatoli to Laboni area was kept as hotel-motel zone, said that planner.
He said that considering salinity the plan suggested rainwater harvesting and protection of rivers and canals work as drainage for the urban area.
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