‘Formulate policy for urban points’

Posted: ফেব্রুয়ারি 13, 2009 in Climate Change, Environment

Environmentalists and urban planners yesterday called for formulating a comprehensive policy for the urban points across the country, as more and more people are likely to move toward townships in the future as a result of climate change.

The authorities may consider setting up the industrial or economic zones outside the cities and decentralise administrative and economic activities and other facilities to reduce pressure on the cities, they said at a seminar on ‘Climate change and climate refugee: Urbanisation problems and remedies’.

Association of Environ-mental Scientists and Curzon Hall Club ’72 in collaboration with Alliance Francaise de Dacca and World Meteoro-logical Organisation organised the seminar at Novo Conven-tion Centre in the capital.

“Waterlogging, river pollution, solid waste disposal, urban heat and water crisis are the major challenges for the authorities,” said University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Prof Nazrul Islam in his keynote.

Rural poverty, river erosion and employment opportunities in the urban points are the reasons why people move to the cities, he said, adding that in future climate refugees will move to the cities in greater numbers.

Association of Environ-mental Scientists Convener Prof AHM Mustafizur Rahman said besides food security, the environment of the cities is a crucial issue to be dealt with seriousness.

The authorities are now more aware of the urban planning, but scientific planning should be implemented not only in the mega cities, but also in other small townships, he said.

Prof Mustafizur of Dhaka University said, “Suppose you extend Dhaka city, but you don’t have the infrastructure to dispose solid or liquid wastage, environment will surely be affected.”

He said there is not adequate space in Dhaka, so the authorities may consider high rise buildings, but at the same time it has to be able to provide utility services like electricity, water and sewage facilities.

Shujan Chairman Prof Muzaffer Ahmad and Rafiqul Islam of Curzon Hall Club ’72 also spoke.

The daily star 14.02.2009

 

 

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