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Housing at Uttara Model Town in Dhaka City

diverted to this new township and there will be employment facilities in and around the Township.

Site selection Criteria of Uttara Model Town: The growth of the city is obstructed by the river Buriganga to the south and wide tracts of low-lying areas to the east and west, which is, flooded to 10inches6 deep each monsoon. The selected area therefore provides the only and obvious outlet for uninterrupted development for residential purposes.

The provisions in the master plan of the project:

  • i)

    It aims at serving a population of about 124,000 with an average net density of 95 persons per acre for low height residential sectors i.e. residence up to 2 storeys high; at a density of up to 135 persons per acre for the multi storied walk-up apartments sectors.

  • ii)

    Areas for residential sectors were 1,041 acre for class I7 employees and 54 acres for class III and IV communities of the total 2,344 acres. The rest were for civic administration, light industries and workshops, recreation and playfields, Schools, parks, squares, lakes, roads etc. The development cost was calculated to be 4rupee/sq.yrds in 1965.

  • iii)

    The following were the proposed sizes and number of plots and its percentage:

Table 4 Sizes of plots in Kathas

3 kathas = 2160sft 5 kathas = 3600sft 7.5 kathas= 5400sft 10 kathas = 7200sft 20 kathas = 14400sft

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2900

20

2500

30

1800

30

630

15

100

5

Nos. of plots

% Area under Category

Analysis It can be seen that the proposals in the 1965 feasibility study were for a community of all income groups. This was never materialized fully by government. It deviated from initial concept to ‘…have in practice been completely abandoned in favour of providing subsidized housing opportunities exclusively for the upper income group’9.

One of the positive aspects is that it generated the growth of Dhaka towards the north. The problems that resulted may be broadly classified as of planning stage and implementation stage.

A portion of the township of about 950 acres were detailed out covering only that portion which was enmarked as housing for high income group in the original plan and in all 4,302 housing plots of different sizes were available. There was a shift from the initial planning of plots.

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1 inch=2.54 centimeters Relate to the table on page1-6. 1 Katha= 1/20 bigha = 66.24m²

Dhaka Metropolitan Area Integrated Urban development Project, final report by Shakland Cox and Partners.

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