RAJUK's detailed area plan gazetted

Bangladesh government has gazetted the much talked-about Detailed Area Plan for Dhaka city. Six years ago the project was initiated by RAJUK (Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkh). The gazette notification has been issued under section 73 of the Town Improvement Act, 1953 encompassing 590 square miles under the master plan of DAP(Detailed Area Plan) for Dhaka Metropolitan Development Plan (DMDP) under the jurisdiction of RAJUK. A gazette notification issued in this regard says with the passage of this plan, all future development and construction work - both in public and private sectors - would be in conformity with the DAP under the master plan. Henceforth, the detailed area plan, being prepared with public participation, will be 'legally binding' on all users of land.

The DAP provides 'a detailed land use plan' for each area of Dhaka city by giving specific outline of the areas in terms of usage. The capital city, under the proposed DAP, will have 64,807.96 acres or 19.76 per cent of land for urban residential use, 89,471.1 acres or 27.27 per cent for agricultural use. The DMDP has earmarked flood flow zone, water retention area etc. The State Minister for Housing and Public Works has expressed the government's determination to implement the DAP.

The DAP project, the third phase of Dhaka Metropolitan Development Plan, was initiated in 2004 with an estimated cost of Taka 25 crore and the time has been extended four times so far. The city's second master plan called the DMDP was initiated first in 1992 and completed in 1995, but RAJUK took years to initiate the detailed area plans. The areas under DAP jurisdiction include Gazipur Municipality to the north, Dhaleshwari River to the south, rivers Bangshi and Dhaleshwari to the west and rivers Sitalakhya and Meghna to the east.

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