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Move Underway to Reshape Roads in Old Dhaka

| MAM Bulbul |

The government is taking steps to widen the narrow roads in Old Dhaka by incorporating the plan in the Detailed Area Plan (DAP) of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartipakkha (Rajuk). According to an official document, the opinions of ward commissioners of Old Dhaka and locals will be taken and those will be incorporated in the DAP. To widen the roads, Floor Area Ratio (FAR) facilities will be applied to houses in target areas. The FAR is the ratio of a building's total floor area (zoning floor area) to the size of the piece of land upon which it is built. According to the Dhaka Metropolitan Building (Construction, Development, Preservation and Removal) Rules, 2008, there is scope for gaining FAR benefits by giving space to the road. The Dhaka Structure Plan of Rajuk has mentioned the need for a detailed rehabilitation plan for Old Dhaka, identifying the places that need redevelopment and preservation. Rajuk has planned to undertake the Urban Redevelopment Project (URP) for constructing high-rise buildings equipped with all facilities in limited space. Aiming to provide accommodations to a higher number of people in small places, Housing and Public Works, through Rajuk, has taken up projects to construct multi-storied apartments in various areas of Dhaka city. Meanwhile, the government is going to construct 384 450-squarefeet flats at Mirpur-11 in Dhaka, initially for lower-income groups. According to another document, the flats will be handed over to the target group at a rate of BDT275 a day for 20 years. The Development Project Proposal (DPP) is under process of approval. Though the project will initially be implemented in Dhaka, it will be expanded to divisional cities gradually, according to the document. The National Housing Authority had earlier taken up a project to provide 5,472 flats at Bhashantek for the same segment of the population, with 4,032 flats measuring 215 square feet, and the rest measuring 395 square feet.

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