World : Purbachal to be first smart city by 2018

Bangladesh is set to get its first 'smart city' in Purbachal by 2018 according to officials, reports BSS

“The government has a plan to build Purbachal new town project as a smart city where quality infrastructure will be built with modern amenities for a high standard of living,” Chairman of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) M Bazlul Karim Chowdhury told BSS.

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 Shitalakhya and Balu rivers in Rupganj upazila of Narayanganj district and Kaliganj upazila of Gazipur district.

Rajuk chairman also said the smart city would have a separate water supply and sewerage system, a waste treatment plant and power production and a supply system all on its own.

The project, first of its kind in the country, will also have the measures to keep the smart city clean, green and eco-friendly, he added.

 

A 142-storey “iconic tower” would be built on about 60 acres of land where a stadium with 70,00 seating capacity would also be constructed.

The stadium will be equipped with modern facilities and connected with the metro rail service as well.

The “smart city” will also boast the country’s largest exhibition centre which will also host Dhaka International Trade Fair.

The project will also have its own solid waste management system, efficient public transport, affordable housing, health and education services and strict security system.

Md Abdur Rahman of Rajuk said there are 27,068 plots in the Purbachal new town out of which 25,016 are residential plots.

“Around 85% land development work has already been completed” he said.

The township was planned in 1996 by then Awami League-led government.

Upon completion it will be the home to around one crore people in the next three years.

 

Source : http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2016/12/02/purbachal-first-smart-city-2018/

SMART GRID Bulletin September 2017


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