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We all want a better Dhaka

  • Published at 12:00 am December 23rd, 2018
Dhaka
Photo: SYED LATIF HOSSAIN

The government must not overlook the importance of relocating certain industries and administrative headquarters from Dhaka

Living in a city like Dhaka can be a challenge for anyone.

The sheer density of people notwithstanding, the capital city is rife with infrastructural problems that create rampant traffic, terrible levels of pollution, and various other issues that affect the day-to-day life of citizens.

While certain ad hoc measures, such as the introduction of various flyovers throughout the city in the last few years, have made life that much easier, there is a lot more that can be done, and the primary target should be the city’s prevailing issues with traffic.

While work on the metro rail and elevated expressway are still underway, there is reason to believe that the city can also be host to a sophisticated subway train system.

With Dhaka’s roads and highways housing an inordinate number of vehicles and human haulers every hour of the day, it is not much of a surprise to know that the average speed of the city’s traffic is exactly the same as the average speed of walking.

A comprehensive metro system would go a long way in ensuring that the city runs as efficiently as it can.

Of course, the government must not overlook the importance of relocating certain industries and administrative headquarters from Dhaka to other parts of the country, in a wider effort to decentralize the nation -- easing the pressure on the capital city in the process.

Dhaka is one of the most populous cities in the world, with almost 15 million people calling it home -- but we have a long way to go in terms of making it a good one.