Science Target Conference Systems, Ajman 4th International Environment Conference 2016

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Emergence of Smart city across the Area of Mongla Sea Port for meeting the Challenge of 21st Century of Bangladesh
Md. Rezaul Karim

Last modified: 2015-11-19


Mongla port is the 2nd largest seaport in Bangladesh accomplishing national and international import and export activities. Considering strategic location of Bay of Bengal, Mongla city around the seaport becoming more important for global interest. The prospect indicated by setting up of Mongla Export Processing Zone, Frozen food industry, manufacturing and processing plants and most importantly upcoming use of Mongla port by India, Nepal and Bhutan. On the other hand, the exquisite Sundarbans located about 10 kilometers south from the Mongla seaport. Flora and faunae of the Sundarbans are the main attraction for the local and international tourists. To meet the challenge for the 21st century, Government of Bangladesh undertaken several projects for the development of planned smart city with the inclusion of cross border transit corridor and world-class tourist spot. Apart from these, construction of the Padma Bridge expected to unlock the potential and transform the lives of nearly 30 million Bangladeshis living in the country's Southwest region. By reducing distances to major urban centers like capital city Dhaka by almost 100km, the bridge will facilitate regional trade; reduce poverty while accelerating growth and development in the country as a whole. In this background Khulna Development Authority already prepared comprehensive development plan. Structure Plan, Master Plan and Detailed Area Plan aimed to bring the area as planned and controlled for systematic and sustainable development.

Keywords: Seaport, Transit corridor, Sundarbans, Tourist spot, Development plan