NHA to complete construction of satellite towns in 3 years

Jubair Hasan
National Housing Authority (NHA) has selected three places for constructing satellite towns around Dhaka as part of the government move to shift the growing population outside the capital, officials said.

However, Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakkha (RAJUK) is yet to finalise a place for building another such modern town. The city development authority said it is conducting study for choosing the best probable place adjacent to the 400-year old city.

The government will establish four satellite towns close to the capital to accommodate tens of thousands of families in a move to reduce pressure of new comers on one of the globe’s most densely-populated cities – Dhaka.

The satellite towns with high-rise buildings will be developed on a total of 590 square kilometre area under the Dhaka Details Area Plan. Each of the towns will have 0.1 million (one lakh) eco-friendly residential flats with other facilities including water, gas and electricity supplies.

“We’ve selected places for setting up three satellite cities around the capital. We’ll go for construction soon,” a senior NHA official said, adding that the towns will be built through PPP (public private partnership).

The three satellite towns to be constructed by the NHA are Ichhamati Satellite Town at Sirajdikhan of Munshiganj, Dhaleshwari-Singair Satellite Town in Manikganj and Bangshi-Dhamrai Satellite Town in Dhamrai of Dhaka district.

The key official said each town having 0.1 million flats will be very lucrative and eco-friendly where modern living facilities will be made available. “It may take three years to complete construction works of these towns,” he added.

He said both plots and flats will be offered in these projects.

“We’re in a final stage of a study to select the best places for the towns,” a director of RAJUK said without mentioning any probable places for the housing scheme.

The official said necessary infrastructures like roads, flyover and other facilities will also be developed in the satellite towns so that residents of these places can easily come to the capital for their daily needs.

“There is no alternative without such projects to protect Dhaka from excess population and nagging traffic congestion,” he added.

The population of Dhaka city is around 14 million and the number is increasing day by day causing a great concern for the city planners who fear that the small city might be abandoned in coming days if alternative steps were not taken.

About the development of the link road which will connect the under construction Purbachal Sub-City with the capital, the official said they have completed 90 per cent earthwork of it.

“The rest work will be done soon,” he said, adding that construction work of a bridge over the river Balu, culverts, five underpasses and two grade separators (overpass) will go on simultaneously under a Tk 5.49 billion (Tk 549-crore) project.

Of the 13.3-kilometre long link road, a length of 6.4 kilometres will stretch from Pragati Sarani to the river Balu through Purbachal New Town and the rest 6.9 kilometres up to the Dhaka bypass road.

The road scheme, which is scheduled to be completed by December 2012, was undertaken in line with the recommendations made in Strategic Transport Plan (STP) of Dhaka.

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