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Master Plan : 1959 About Planning

The first Master Plan of Dhaka was prepared in 1959 by a British firm ? Minoprio, Spencely and Macfarlane under the technical cooperation of the Colombo International Plan Scheme. The Plan covered roughly 830 sq. km (320 sq. miles) with a target population little over 1 (one) million assuming an average annual population growth rate of1.75% in the city areas. Expansion of city was largely predicted towards the North leading Mirpur and Tongi. The Plan in general, suggested a broad planning principle and zoned the urban area accordingly for various activities. Although, the Plan was prepared for a period of 20 years (1959-79) time but it lasted almost double till the enforcement of new plan in 1995.

Dhaka Metropolitan Development Plan, 1995-2015

For development of the Plan, a project titled " Preparation of Structure Plan, Master Plan, and Detailed Area Plan-Metropolitan Development and Plans Preparation and Management in Dhaka". was implemented with joint funding from the GOB and the UNDP/UNCHS (HABITAT), by a Consortium of international firms-Mott Mac Donald Ltd. and Culpin Planning Ltd. in association with a local firms ? Engineering & Planning Consultants Ltd., Consociates Ltd. and Development Administration Group. The project addressed Dhaka's urban planning issues at three geographic levels: sub-regional, urban and sub-urban. The Development Plan (1995-2015) therefore is comprised of the three components:

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