Dhaka is under intense population pressure as more and more people flock to the city, many argue, to pursue a better life. According to a recent study, however, about 57 percent of Dhaka dwellers would have gone to villages had there been employment opportunities and basic civic facilities like good education and healthcare.
According to the study, the top five problems identified by city dwellers are traffic jam, air pollution, lack of safe drinking water, bad road condition and waterlogging.
When a city is as densely populated as Dhaka, these problems are bound to arise, particularly because of the intense pressure that overpopulation exerts on the city’s infrastructure and other facilities. The authorities should recognise this.
Despite the fact that the infrastructure that has been developed in Dhaka in recent times is inadequate, no amount of infrastructure building can support a population this big. Which is why, other regions of our country should be developed more in order to not only discourage further migration to Dhaka, but to also encourage many people who have come to Dhaka, to move elsewhere.
Imtiaz Ali, Dhanmondi