Minister for Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives and Convener of the Detailed Area Plan (DAP) Review Cabinet Committee Md Tajul Islam said DAP will be published in the form of DAP Gazette by next December.
However, if there is a need to amend somewhere for logical reasons, there will be an opportunity to do so.
He was responding to a question from reporters at an exchange meeting with Dhaka North and South City Corporation at the conference room of the Local Government Department at the ministry on Monday.
The LGRD minister said the national seminar would be held in mid-November. After that, the final gazette will be published through the cabinet committee formed for DAP review.
If there are any errors or inconsistencies during the implementation after the publication of the Gazette or if there is a need for change or correction for any logical reason, it must be done, he added.
In this context, Taju Islam further said that if the law of the country is changed, if the constitution can be changed then DAP can be changed or amended. Md Tajul Islam said that the views of all parties including urban planners, environmentalists, REHAB, BLDS have already been taken to finalize the DAP. Besides, many people are giving their opinion as the draft DAP policy has been uploaded on the website. They are also being taken into account. In other words, it is being finalized by including the logical suggestions and opinions of all, he said.
Referring to DAP as a just or inclusive plan, he said all the materials to build the capital as a modern, scenic and livable city have been included.
In this context, he said, it is being planned with proper use of land, including residential and commercial areas, agricultural areas, water bodies, water retention, forests, open spaces, floodplain areas.
Md Tajul Islam said that although the detailed area plan has been prepared through RAJUK under the Ministry of Housing and Public Works, it will be implemented in coordination with Dhaka Two City Corporation.
When asked by reporters whether it would be finalized by December, the minister said all preparations have been made to publish the final gazette within this period. If all goes well, it will be possible to finalize it in December, he said.
State Minister for Housing and Public Works Sharif Ahmed, Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation Md Atiqul Islam, Mayor of South City Corporation Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, Mayor of Gazipur City Corporation Md Jahangir Alam, Mayor of Narayanganj City Corporation Selina Hayat Ivy, Senior Secretary of Local Government Department Helaluddin Ahmed, Housing and Public Works Secretary Shahid Ullah Khandaker, RAJUK Chairman ABM Amin Ullah Nuri and Project Director Md Ashraful Islam among others were present on the occasion.