Purbachall new town project will be developed as the first smart city in Bangladesh by 2018, official said.
"The government has a plan to build Purbachal new town project a smart city where quality infrastructure and all modern amenities will be set up for ensuring residents a high standard of living," Chairman of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkho (RAJUK) M Bazlul Karim Chowdhury told BSS.
He said the smart city would have separate water supply and sewerage system, waste treatments plant and power production and supply system so the basic services remain uninterrupted.
The project, first of its kind in the country, will also have the measures to keep the smart city clean, green and eco-friendly, the chairman said.
A 142-storey 'iconic tower' would be built on about 60 acres of land in the city where a stadium with a capacity of 70,000 spectators would also be constructed for giving sport activities a further go.
One of the sectors of the new city has already earmarked for building the country's largest stadium, which will have modern facilities and connected with metro rail service for smooth transportation.
Besides, the country's largest exhibition centre, which would be the house of Dhaka International Trade Fair, would be constructed there.
The project will also have its own solid waste management system, efficient public transport, affordable housing, health and education services and strict security system.
On completion, Purbachal will be the biggest planned township in the country with an area of about 6,228 acres of land, divided into 30 sectors. The project is situated in a vast area between the rivers Shitalakhya and Balu in Rupganj Upazilla of Narayanganj district and Kaliganj upazilla of Gazipur district.
Member (development)of RAJUK Md. Abdur Rahman said there are 27,068 plots in the Purbachal new town. Of them, 25,016 residential plots and 1,992 other plots.
"Around 85 percent land development work has been finished" he said.
The official said about 48.5 kilometers lake would be developed in and around the project for maintaining an environment friendly atmosphere for dwellers.
RAJUK has already sought application from respective plot owners for approval of design for construction, and a good number of allottees got their design approved for construction.
The township, planned in 1996 by the Awami League led government under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, will be the home to around one core people in the next three years.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)