Title: Splitting up Dhaka city: rationales, challenges and prospects as a sustainable city

Authors: Md. Wahid Murad; Md. Mahmudul Alam; Shawon Muhammad Shahriar

Addresses: UniSA College, University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA 5001, Australia ' School of Economics, Finance and Banking, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Kedah, 06010, Malaysia ' Institute for Environment and Development, National University of Malaysia, UKM, Bangi, Selangor, 43600, Malaysia

Abstract: The objective of this study is to analyse the rationales, challenges and prospects of Dhaka City being split up, for the purposes of creating a sustainable city grounded in relevant theories and widely used and accepted standards. We cited the opinions of urban planners and politicians and referred to relevant theories and standards to achieve this objective. An assessment of Dhaka being divided in accordance with the concept of city development strategies (CDS) reveals considerable deficiencies in most aspects of public goods and services provisions. Whilst splitting Dhaka into separate sections supports the ‘World City Hypothesis’ it is not without criticisms. Resource constraint and oversight to address those deficiencies make it very difficult for Dhaka's authorities to achieve sustainable urbanisation. Therefore, stringent decisions and appropriate strategies should be implemented by the Bangladeshi government to resolve these deficiencies and mismanagement to make the city both liveable and sustainable.

Keywords: Dhaka city; sustainable city; city split; CDS; city development strategies; sustainable urbanisation; world city hypothesis.

DOI: 10.1504/IJISD.2021.115965

International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, 2021 Vol.15 No.3, pp.322 - 335

Received: 23 Apr 2019
Accepted: 07 Oct 2019

Published online: 29 May 2021 *

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