RAJUK to complete Purbachal by 2018

Dhaka,  Monday,   2016-09-23
Published : 23 Sep 2016, 00:22:09

RAJUK to complete Purbachal by 2018

Purbachal new town project, taken by Rajdhani Unnayan Kartipakkha (RAJUK), will be developed as the first smart city in Bangladesh, reports BSS.

"The government has a plan to build Purbachal new town project a smart  city equipped with basic infrastructures to give a decent quality of life  with clean and liveable environment by 2018," Housing and Public Works  Minister Mosharraf Hossain said this while talking to the news agency at his secretariat office on Thursday afternoon.

He said that the construction of Purbachal smart city having separate water supply, sewerage system, waste treatments plant and own power production system is expected to be complete by December 2018.

A 142-storey 'icon tower' would be built on about 60 acres of land in the  new town and the government is completing formalities to float tender in this  respect within the next two months, the housing minister said.

"A delegation from US led by a Bangladesh-born US businessman has already visited the area and expressed their interest and sought adequate land to  make the iconic building, "he said.

An official privy to the process said that the core infrastructure  elements in the smart city would include adequate water supply, uninterrupted  electricity supply, proper sanitation including solid waste management,  efficient public transport, affordable housing, good governance, health and  education services, sustainable environment, and safety and security of the  citizens.

The major goal of a smart city is improving the management and transforming the urban areas. The major technological, economic and environmental changes have generated interest in smart cities, the official added.

Purbachal is the biggest planned township in the country and its project  area extends about 6,228 acres of land, divided into 30 sectors, straddled  between the rivers Shitalakhya and Balu in Rupganj upazila of Narayanganj  district and Kaliganj upazila of Gazipur district, to the north-east of the  capital Dhaka, 16 kilometres from the Zero Point.

The township will be home to over 40 per cent people of the capital by next  three years. The project was taken during Awami League rule in 1996 but land development work started in 2004.

The project is under implementation and is already linked to the capital city by a 300-feet wide eight-lane expressway connected to Hazrat Shahjalal  International Airport via Pragati Sharani crossing and Nikunja residential  area. The total length of the expressway is only 6.8 kilometres.
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