20-yr New Dhaka Structure Plan under preparation: PM

The government is preparing a 20-year New Dhaka Structure Plan for building the capital as a modern and scenic city.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said this in the House today replying to a tabled question from treasury bench member Fazle Noor Tapash.

The 20-year plan from 2016 is being prepared for 1528 square kilometers area of the city reviewing the Dhaka Structure Plan (1995-2015) and Detailed Area Plan (2010-2015) with the financial support of the Asia Development Bank, she said.

The Prime Minister said the incumbent Mohajote government has undertaken a number of projects and decisions to build Dhaka as a modern capital city of a happy and prosperous country in light of Vision 2021.

She said the work on Purbachal New Town Project, Uttara (3rd phase) Project and Jilmili Housing Project is nearing completion. In these projects, she said, some plots of different sizes have already allotted and process for allotment of some others is going on.

She said with a view to arranging housing facilities for people for every class and group the Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakka (Rajuk) has decided to construct 50,000 flats in these three housing areas. Besides, five more such projects are now under process.

The Prime Minister said the government has also undertaken aplan to construct three satellite cities around Dhaka City to reduce influx of people in the capital. The satellite cities will be constructed at Dhamrai of Dhaka, Sirajdikhan of Munsiganj and Singair of Manikganj and these would be well connected with the
capital city with roads and flyovers, she said.

She said a number flyovers and new roads are being constructed in the city aimed at improving the road management. A 300-feet wide Purbachal Link Road and 100-feet wide road from Pragati Sarani to Balu River are being constructed to link up city's west with east.

Mayor Mohammad Hanif Flyover from Jatrabari to Palashi would be completed by March 2013 and the flyover is expected to help immensely resolve the city's traffic congestion, she said.

Sheikh Hasina said the government has undertaken a plan to construct underpass at Fakirapool intersection and grade separator (flyover and road underpass) from Palashi to Gabtali.

She said three wholesale kitchen markets are being built at Mohakhali, Aminbazar and Jatrabari in Dhaka City at a cost of Taka 313 crore. Seventy percent work on the markets has already been finished. The construction of the markets is scheduled to complete by 2013, she added.

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