Construction continues without the accountability necessary to keep harmful practices in check
It is alarming to learn that, according to a panel of experts in urban development, 96% of buildings in the capital have been constructed through a violation of rules and grabbing of waterbodies and canals.
Dhaka faces immense water-logging issues every year, and its struggles with waste management are well documented. While there exists several reasons for these problems, what cannot be ignored are the reckless construction practices that have continued to wreak havoc, in addition to the encroachment of Dhaka's canals and water bodies which have simply exacerbated the situation.
It is no surprise to learn that a lack of accountability, together with corruption, negligence, and impunity have been identified as the chief reasons for the dire situation in which Dhaka finds itself today.
However, in recent times, there has been an effort to reverse this trend and make our canals and waterways operational in order to help with the city's water-logging issues. While commendable, these efforts will continue to be in vain if construction continues without the accountability necessary to keep harmful practices in check.
It is time for a concerted effort on the part of the authorities concerned in this regard. Not only will this require technical expertise, but stricter monitoring to ensure that there is no scope for nefarious parties to encroach upon our precious waterbodies, which act as lifelines for our riverine nation.
The unfettered urbanization which has plagued our capital must be brought under control and a well-rounded and long-term plan for Dhaka must be implemented, one which protects its various waterbodies and allows it to develop in an organized manner.