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Housing at Uttara Model Town in Dhaka City

The following analysis related to design is elaborated regarding the master plan. It also relates to housing level and the layout of streets.

New approaches in layout of plots The new layouts as illustrated leave more land for other purposes. Also the buildings are four to five storied walk-ups. Which means we can have five owners in one structure. So the cost of building and the land gets divided between themselves. Sharing infrastructure, sharing services, etc. also adds to the savings.

Nos.

Previous

Proposed

% of

of

layout

layout

Land

plots

Plot Area in

Plot Area

savings

Kathas

in Kathas

Table 4: Size of the plots and savings in land.

Remarks

-

-

7%

all groups have

15%

7.5% saving in shared structure.

16.5%

50% saving in stair core.

1

5

-

2

10

9.3

4

20

17

8

40

33.4

Description

River

Housing plots Expansion in 1990

1990 Housing plots

To northern districts

River

Commercial plots

1972

Expansion in 1980

1972

Housing plots

1972 Housing

Master plan

plots

Highway to city center

Figure 11: Master Plan-Uttara Model Town showing different areas.

Master plan of the Satellite town completed in 1965 had some foresight with regard to growth of the Dhaka city (figure 11). The area is now a integral part of Dhaka city, no longer considered as satellite town. The Dhaka –Mymensingh road passing through the town is the highway to northern part of the country. In doing so the area is divided into two segments. The people on East segment have cross the highway to avail the facilities on west.

The Commercial areas are located linearly on north and south near the highway. The expansion in the 90s have been done towards the west, which is the sectors 12, 11 and 10 are quite far from the commercial area.

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