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LGRD Minister: Integrated approach needed to build a modern city

  • Published at 11:24 pm January 26th, 2020
Md. Tajul Islam
Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Md. Tajul Islam speaks at a joint dissemination and project launching workshop aimed at earthquake preparedness and urban resilience held at Spectra Convention Center in Gulshan on Sunday, January 26, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

The LGRD minister made the urge at a joint dissemination and project launching workshop aimed at earthquake preparedness and urban resilience held at Spectra Convention Center in Gulshan on Sunday

Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Md. Tajul Islam has called for more research, time tested solutions, and accurately identified problems tackled by an integrated approach instead of comparing Bangladesh with other countries. 

The LGRD minister made the urge at a joint dissemination and project launching workshop aimed at earthquake preparedness and urban resilience held at Spectra Convention Center in Gulshan on Sunday.

The event was jointly organized by the International and National Consortium partners of the projects. 

The projects are being funded by the European Union's Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, formerly known as the European Community Humanitarian Aid Office

The Directorate is the European Commission's department for overseas humanitarian aid and civil protection.

Tajul Islam  said: "We have myriad problems. These problems will not be solved overnight; therefore, development partners, researchers, engineers - all will have work in concert to develop a modern and disaster resilient city."

"There are obstacles and limitations, where you have to identify the problems correctly and outline a contingency plan," he said.

Addressing the event, Narayanganj City Corporation Mayor Selina Hayat Ivy said: "This is not the time to create awareness any longer. Now is the time to take action. We need to move and go outright to the implementation phase. Non government development partners and the government have to do more to this end."

One of the two projects is "Strengthening Urban Resilience Project (SURP-II)," and its consortium partners are Save the Children, Plan International Bangladesh, Population Service and Training Centre (PSTC), and Community Participation and Development (CPD).

SURP-II will work to reduce the impact of urban hazards and risks in Bangladesh through the application of a systematic, inclusive and coordinated approach to enhance earthquake preparedness and response capacities of urban stakeholders. 

Another priority of this project is the inclusion of the most marginalized in community, in urban resilience initiatives and the development of earthquake contingency plans.

This project is expected to run for two years in Dhaka North City Corporation at ward 29, 30, 32 and 34; Dhaka South City Corporation at ward 47, 49, 58 and 59, and Narayanganj City Corporation at ward 10, 14, 15 and 16. 

The other project, "Dhaka Earthquake and Emergency Preparedness - Enhancing Resilience (DEEPER)"  is a project of consortium partners: the German Red Cross (GRC), Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS), British Red Cross (BRC), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Christian Aid (CA), and Action Against Hunger (ACF).

The DEEPER project will contribute to reduced propensity and scale of secondary impact from earthquakes and major emergencies amongst the population of Dhaka City and thereby support progress towards SDG goals on sustainable cities and communities. 

This is also a two year project spanning at least 18 wards of the two city corporations.

Mark Pierce, country director of Save the Children, Bangladesh, Gaurav Ray, Head of office, German Red Cross, and officials of two project consortium partners, were also present at the event.