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Housing at Uttara Model Town in Dhaka City

The high densities, haphazardness of land use and non-availability of land around Dhaka were that was faced DITand related bodies

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Figure 5: Master Plan-Uttara Model Town

during the early 60s. More over due to a rough estimate for dwelling unit shortage for Dhaka was made, which showed a backlog of about 34,000 dwelling units in 1965.

In the early 60s there was acute paucity of schools, hospitals, parks, playgrounds and related facilities in Dhaka. The problems of space and high land value were the prohibitive for the potential investors in such enterprises. Similarly the realisation of creating a self contained township was felt, to increase the length of the city, thereby alleviating the traffic problems of the central Dhaka and reducing strains on motorists, in addition to solve the haphazardness of land use.


In June 1965, a feasibility study was carried out by consultants for the ‘Dhaka Improvement Trust’, to set up a satellite town near Dhaka city. Finally the development North satellite town on a site of about 2,344 acres5 were suggested within which the present Uttara model town of 950 acres is situated 4,302 serviced plots were made available within 9 sector over a period of 1966-67 to 1985-86.The project also paved the way future growth of Dhaka city.

The project scheme also hoped upon completion by 1971-72, an urgent need of the community will have been met by a scheme, which is self-financing and laid out on a planned basis. On completion the pressure on the population increase of the Dhaka city was expected be


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