Housing at Uttara Model Town in Dhaka City
isolate spaces according to different activities like sleeping, eating, cooking, etc.
Table2: Income Groups in Dhaka city, 1987.
Monthly income of HH in
Lower Income groups
Middle Income Groups
Proportion of total HH in the city (%)
Upper income groups
Following table reflects government’s interpretation of middle- income group in terms of salary and the built housing provided for them up to 1992.The present pay scale have nearly doubled. The class I represents the middle class even though the private and semi private organizations have much higher salary level. Class II and class III represent the low-income groups.
Pay Scale -Taka
Allotable Floor Areas in
8000 and above
1800 + 200 for garage
Table 3: Residential Space Standards for Government Officers and Employees, 1992. Salary is in Taka and corresponding area is in sq ft.4
Category of Officer /
Employee Class I
Class II & III
The middle income-group combined represents approx.28 percent of the city population but cover nearly 65 percent of the residential land. Density in these areas may range from 50-400 persons/acre (124-988 per/ha). This wide range is re lection of the signi icant variation within the group. There is also a high disparity of income between different income levels of the Middle class.
Urban middle class became a dominant power towards the end of colonial period. It gave leadership to all socio-cultural and political activities. After the independence this dominance lead to the planning of housing that only catered only to their need.
Development of Uttara Residential Model Town
The Town ship project was launched with the intention that it will solve the problems as mentioned in the objectives of the project to a substantial extent by encouraging the process of decentralization of some of the functions.
The residential units in the proposed satellite town suggested to be self contained with respect to the needs. Each owner had to construct the structure by arranging the finance and other necessary approvals on their own.
The project was called as Dhaka North Satellite Township but was changed to Uttara Residential Model Town by Dhaka Improvement Trust (DIT, presently RAJUK) in 1980.
1US $= 58 Takas.