Mahadi Hasan Badhon
The Dhaka South City Corporation is going to construct long cherished, modern community centers at a cost of Tk 268.76 crore.
The approval was given at the new fiscal’s first Executive Committee of the National Economic Council meeting, held at the NEC Conference Room in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Of the total project cost, Taka 188.13 crore will come from the government exchequer and Taka 80.63 crore from the organization’s own fund.
A community center is a link between social development and social activities; Promotion of public service by providing social programmes, cultural and religious programmes, recreational and social welfare.
Project officials concerned said, “The community center will provide quality community services at affordable costs. It will promote public service by providing social programmes, social welfare and social communication, at the ward level in Dhaka”.
“It will also provide emergency shelter during natural disasters, and improve the quality of living and socio-economic condition of the people in the area,” said officials.
According to a statistics of 2016, the population of Dhaka city is around 18 million, most of which lives in the Dhaka South City Corporation area. Community facilities have not increased in proportion to the city’s expansion, and population growth. The existing community centers in different wards of Dhaka South City Corporation are old, derelict and risky. It is not possible to get modern facilities from them.
Considering the above situation, DSCC has taken up the project and planned construction of new Community Centers, and rehabilitation of old community centers for implementing the announced Vision 2021, and establishing Digital Bangladesh.
The proposal has given to build Mayor Mohammad Hanif Community Center at Kazi Alauddin Road of Ward No. 34 at Bangshal, Shaista Khan Community Center of Ward No. 29, Khalil Sardar Community Center [built in 1965 to 1966] of Ward No. 22 at Hazaribagh and rehabilitation of two community centers [built in 1990 to 1999] at Ward number 4 and Ward 44 respectively.
Under this project, the existing community centers will be established as a 10 storied Khalil Sardar Community Center, 9-storey Shaista Khan Community Center, 10-storey Mayor Mohammad Hanif Community Center, ward no 44 at Sutrapur area and ward no 4 at Bashabo area.
A senior official of DSCC said, they will start the construction of community centers as early as possible, and the project will be implemented by December 2020.