Influx of large numbers of people from villages, and expansion of previous development and individual interests, are causing a serious threat to the appropriate planning of capital Dhaka and other metropolitan cities, said experts on Thursday said.
Besides, lack of accountability, transparency and multi-dimensional innovative plans, are also adding salt to the wounds of already overcrowded cities, making people’s lives miserable every day, experts said while speaking at a roundtable on ‘Sustainable Cities and Communities’ at the Bangladesh Institute of Planners (BIP) conference hall, in the capital.
Speaking as chief guest, Chairman of Power and Participation Research Center, Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman said, “Our planning activities are limited to only documentation; there is a huge lack of implementation.”
Zillur Rahman focused on four factors with bad influences that disrupt planning activities.
First, expansion of previous developments and influx of people into the capital, second, personal interest which is a key driver that influences total planning, third, absence of accountability and violation of law, and the fourth, multi-dimensional innovation approach causes disruption in planning.
He requested the authority to implement plans in due time and also urged economists, journalists, politicians and planners to play a major role in this regard.
President of BIP, Dr AKM Abul Kalam said, “We have to think about environmental aspects like river, forest, and land etc, while planning.
Chief Programmer of BRAC-UDP Hasina Mosharafa said as a special guest, “Planners have to consider not only on infrastructural development, we have to think also in human planning. Our city’s development and planning activities are limited only in the Gulshan-Banani area. We do not think about the city’s extreme poor people, and we also have no plan regarding them. About 40 percent of the people in Dhaka city dwell in slum areas.”
She stressed on manpower development and advised implementation of different planning for different cities.
President of Nagar Unnayan Sangbadik Forum Amitosh Paul said as a special guest, “Our planners should think what will be the situation after 100 years, and should do proper planning considering this.”
Ahmed Ilderin Tokey and Shefa Arabia Shioma presented a keynote paper titled, “An explorative study on office-going bicycle users in the core areas of Dhaka city.”
Abhishekh Barua presented keynote on development of strategic mobile application module for vulnerable people in hazardous zones.
Rashed Uz Zaman presented keynote paper on soil salinity detection and land use zoning using GIS and remote sensing technique.
ABM Siddiqul Abedin presented keynote paper titled ‘Addressing the impacts of tannery on environment and socio-economic condition of Tentuljhora Union’. In his presentation he focused that how tanneries pollute the ‘Dhaleshwari’ river in Savar area.