Saturday, August 3, 2019

Dhaka mega city needs decentralized action plan for it's future

Dhaka city is growing haphazardly in an uncontrolled manner. Unbearable traffic jam has already made this mega city unlivable. Overpopulation along with lack of necessary civil amenities and poor infrastructure is making this mega city nothing but a concrete jungle. No parks, no playgrounds and no place for recreation have made this two hundred years old city a dirty place and no room for healthy living.

It is prime time to move the capital of Bangladesh elsewhere from Dhaka. Government should take plan considering time frame of next 200 years. It is about the future of Bangladesh; not only for sustainable growth of Dhaka mega city.

Unless we can value the struggle of the pasts, we will not be able to understand the liberties of present. Dhaka played a crucial part in the history of Bangladesh. Dhaka became the capital of independent Bengal more than 400 years ago. It is the fate of political destiny, we lost our freedom through conspiracy. Still now we are not immune of such conspiracy. It is time to retire Dhaka from center of politics. Myanmar moved their capital; previously Pakistan and India did so.

Dhaka has historical importance. But we have to think beyond near horizon. As a nation as well as a vibrant race Bangladeshis have long cherished dream to go. Time to time culprits have made no mistake to submerge this nation into conflicts and in the mean time realize evil agenda. Unless the countrymen are united under one umbrella of unity, equity, justice and patriotism; long term sustainable development will be difficult.

Above all, Dhaka urgently needs decentralization for the sake of Dhaka. It is self-evident to save future Dhaka. Developed countries have many states with small population in comparison to Bangladesh. But Dhaka is over burdened with more than 160 million people without any states in Bangladesh. Decentralization of Dhaka will increase public efficiency tremendously.

We need another mega city with roughly half of the population of Dhaka. Is there? No. Then develop. We need other cities with population roughly quarter of Dhaka. Then we need to one by one sustain-ably develop some cities with population roughly one-eighth of Dhaka. It is a strategic long term plan and it is never ending process. My last appeal please do some lobbing to save Dhaka as well as to save Bangladesh.

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