An action plan will be formulated to turn Dhaka into a livable and sustainable city but its implementation will have challenges, said the LGRD minister
The government has extended the deadline by two months to receive opinions and suggestions from stakeholders on the revised Detailed Area Plan (DAP) of Dhaka.
The decision was made on Sunday at a cabinet committee meeting on DAP, according to a press release issued by the local government, rural development and cooperatives ministry.
Earlier, Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) on its website announced 4 November as the deadline for stakeholders to give their opinions on determining the maximum height of buildings in the capital.
The cabinet committee also decided to convene a meeting every month.
On 25 October, a committee was formed comprising seven ministers and state ministers and nine secretaries to extensively study the DAP drafted by Rajuk and finalise it. Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Md Tajul Islam is the convenor of the committee.
Tajul on Sunday said all the cities across the country, including Dhaka, had been developed disregarding the necessity to ensure all urban amenities.
An action plan will be formulated to turn Dhaka into a livable and sustainable city but its implementation will have challenges, said the minister, adding that if all the committee members worked with honesty, integrity and transparency, it would be possible to present a modern city to the dwellers.
The committee will work towards building Dhaka as per the plan, and the city will have residential and commercial spaces, hospitals, schools and colleges, playgrounds, utility services and shopping malls, Tajul said.
No more illegal and unplanned building construction will be allowed, he said.
Before the committee meeting, Md Shahid Ullah Khandaker, secretary to the Ministry of Housing and Public Works, at a virtual dialogue organised by the Bangladesh Institute of Planners said coordination between different ministries was the key to successful implementation of the DAP.
He said the government was at the final stage of formulating a building code to regulate the construction of buildings, according to which any developer or individual would have to think of ensuring enough sunlight and air circulation while designing and constructing a building.