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6 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Dhaka to be prosperous, livable thru developing its east part, says WB

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Through swift measures to develop East Dhaka, Bangladesh has a unique opportunity to relieve flooding, congestion, and messiness that are clogging the capital's growth and affecting the quality of life of its people, says a new World Bank report released yesterday, reports UNB.

The report, Toward Great Dhaka: A New Urban Development Paradigm Eastward, was launched at a programme organised by World Bank Group at a city hotel. The report lays out a strategic vision for the city to unlock its development potential.

Inspired by the success of Pudong, Shanghai, but based on localized economic modeling and simulations, the report recommends three critical interventions to develop East Dhaka.

This area is mainly rural at present, but it is located within a few kilometers of the most valuable parts of the city. The three interventions are: building the eastern embankment along the Balu River to mitigate flooding; developing transport links and public transit to ease congestion; and creating a world-class business district with sound policies to attract firms and residents eastward.

The report analyzes how these interventions could propel Dhaka toward becoming a global city and a stronger economic powerhouse for Bangladesh.

If adopted, average income per capita in Dhaka could reach $9,200 by 2035 compared to less than $8,000 on current trends, said the World Bank.

"Dhaka's residents currently face many difficulties, as the city's infrastructure development has not kept pace with the substantial growth of its population and traffic" said Martin Rama, the World Bank's Chief Economist for South Asia.

"Developing East Dhaka with a strategic approach will result in a more prosperous and livable city. But action must be taken now, to avoid replicating the messy urban development of the past, and to mitigate environmental and social risks.

Fixing East Dhaka in the future will be much more expensive and difficult." Dhaka's population has increased from 3 million in 1980 to more than 18 million today, with 3.5 million residents currently living in slums that lack basic services.

 

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