The EIU has ranked Dhaka as the third worst liveable city in the world and urban expert Prof Nazrul Islam discusses the issue with The Business Standard
The latest Global Liveability Index researched by The Economist Intelligence Unit is almost true. Dhaka is not very liveable right now. The environment of the city is too contaminated. The air of Dhaka is so polluted that it increases the chance of a rapid spread of disease.
The government’s action is not satisfactory in the face of such pollution. The transportation system of this city is very poor. The government should put more emphasis on the implementation of the Strategic Transportation Plan.
Increasing the number of public buses and decreasing the number of cars is a must to reducing traffic jams. Flyovers are so poorly developed that they fail to reduce traffic jams and minimise road accidents.
This Economist Intelligence Unit report is significant. If we do not think of the city now and take proper action to save it, life in this city will become even more miserable in the near future.
The EIU, however, doesn’t portray the cultural part of the city properly. Dhaka has a thriving cultural side. There is an existent harmony among people of various faiths in Dhaka. It is enriched with cultural events like Pahela Boishakh, festivals of various religious groups, art exhibitions and other cultural programmes.