Dhaka's Detailed Area Plan (DAP): Comments from IPD

Dhaka’s Detailed Area Plan (DAP): Comments from IPD

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IPD firmly believes that the practice of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartrapakkha (RAJUK) which compromises corruption and muscle power needs to be reduced. According to the IPD, if Rajuk continues to compromise, no matter how effective the DAP is, its effectiveness will be compromised.

During this virtual discussion, Farhadur Reza, Associate Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Jahangirnagar University, emphasized that the extension of FAR should not be done so easily. It should be increased on the basis of scientific research. He expressed doubt that any such study has been conducted for the amendment. Reza further said that making changes to the FAR without scientific research would undermine the DAP’s goal of developing a livable Dhaka city.

When asked about the IPD’s objections, Mohammad Ashraful Islam, project director of the DAP, told Prothom Alo that the Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (REHAB) and architects had sought amendments to the DAP.

He mentioned that if the government feels there is a rational proposal in the larger interest of Dhaka city, they can consider revising it. However, he said that the government will not take any decision that would compromise the environment and other important aspects of Dhaka city.

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