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Planners’ approval for construction at upazilas stressed

Deputy Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad M Fazle Rabbi Miah today insisted that an approval from authorized planners should be made mandatory for any construction at upazila level like big cities and towns.

Miah came up with the suggestion at a roundtable titled "Faecal Sludge Management Practice in Bangladesh" jointly organized by Bangladesh Institute of Planners (BIP) and Water Aid.

The deputy speaker said a planned city and an ideal village should be made side by side with the country's economic growth to turn the country a developed nation and planners could play an important role in this regard.

"We should think about sustainable development from now on as if we want to achieve vision 2021 and 2041 envisioned by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina," Fazle Rabbi Miah said, adding that mass awareness is must to achieve the target while government could not do so alone to ensure all development.

He opined that the country's exiting sewerage system is not enough and these are not the time befitting so there is very much needed implementation of Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) to make the city's sewerage system effective and sustainable.

The deputy speaker addressed the roundtable as the chief guest with BIP president Professor Dr AKM Abul Kalam in the chair.

Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Stamford University Dr M Firoj Ahmed attended the programme as special guest while BUET prof Dr Mujibur Rahman placed the keynote paper.

Sathkhira poura mayor Tashkin Ahmed Chishti, BUET prof Dr M Ashraf Ali, Chittagong City Corporation chief urban planner AKM Rezaul Karim and DPHE engineer Robin Raihan took part in the discussion, among others.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)