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Dhaka needs a unified plan

  • Published at 06:56 pm November 1st, 2017
  • Last updated at 07:03 pm November 1st, 2017
Dhaka needs a unified plan
As it currently stands, our capital city needs a lot of work. While the government has attempted to resolve the various issues which plague this metropolis -- making infrastructural improvements in the form of flyovers and u-loops -- this is nowhere near enough to fix Dhaka’s problems in the long run. But there are other cities in the world who have suffered and have vastly improved and Dhaka could learn to take a page out from their book. In a recent interview conducted by the Dhaka Tribune, an ex-mayor of the Philippines city of Calbayog, Mel Senen Sarmiento, highlighted the need for an integrated plan when it comes to making proper improvements to urban infrastructure. If there is one thing we as a nation have lacked, it is long-term planning. Currently, the fact that Dhaka is divided into two parks, with each section functioning almost autonomously, is not ideal. This leaves room for various development plans which contradict each other, thereby creating chaos in the long run. This involves paying attention not just to the city, but taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture. If the various municipalities involved worked together, keeping the needs of the people in mind while making improvements to the capital, Dhaka could improve much more, and faster. As it stands, Dhaka has various issues:  Curbing traffic congestion, dealing with rapid urbanisation, finishing infrastructural projects, reducing pollution, and encouraging decentralisation. For Dhaka to make real headway, there needs to be a unified plan where the city corporations -- as well as the various agencies involved -- talk to each other. We need to work together if we want Dhaka to improve.