Special Conference on

Urbanization, Traffic Jam, and Environment

Date: January 8, 2011

Venue: Bangladesh Institute of Management (BIM)

Mirpur Road, Sobhanbag, Dhaka


Organized by

Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA)

Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN)

In association with major universities and other pro-environment organizations of Bangladesh





Program summary


9:00-10:30 am: Concurrent expert sessions (A1-A6)

10:30-11:00 am: Tea Break

11:00-12:00 noon: Inaugural Session

12:00-1:30 pm: Plenary Session-I

1:30-2:30 pm: Lunch

2:30-4:00 pm: Concurrent expert and general sessions (B1-B5) and (G1-G3)

4:00-5:30 pm: Plenary Session-II

5:30-6:00 pm: Tea Break

6:00-6:30 pm: Strategy session

6:30-7:30 pm: Concluding session


Detailed Program


9:00-10:30 am

Concurrent expert sessions (A1-A6)


Session A1 (Room 1) 9:00-10:30 am

Topic: Urban Traffic Problems







M. M. Morshed, M. A. Talukdar and M. M. Islam

Traffic jam and planning process for Dhaka city: A trans-disciplinary approach


Tanvir Hossain, Mahbubur Rahman, Razu Ahmmed and Md. Kamruzzaman Mamun

Interaction between the motorist and pedestrian at selected un-signalized crossings in Bangladesh: A Case Study


Abdullah All Rafee and Mahfuzur Rahman

Access management of arterial roads in Khulna city


Md. Salequzzaman, S.M. Tariqul Islam, Md. Sahin Iqbal, ASM Atikur Rahman Sayed, Md. Shajahan Nannu, Md. Noor Jalal, Md. Shariful Alam, Mostafa Shiddiquzzaman and Mohidul Hoque Khan

Urbanization and traffic jam issues in Jessore and its surroundings


Sudhirendar Sharma

Urban traffic: nightmare on the road



Session A2 (Room 2), 9:00-10:30 am

Topic: Air Pollution







Golam Kabir

Air Pollution in Dhaka


Md. Rakibul Islam Roni, Mustafa Kamal and Hena Baroi

Impact of industrial air pollution on human health: A comparative study in residential areas


M. A. I. Chowdhury, B. K. Banik, R. Alam, M. J. Hossain, and M.B. Haque

Seasonal fluctuations on NO2 concentration at different intersection of Sylhet city


Riazuddin Kawsar

Effect of planning features on pollutant concentration in Dhaka city



Session A3 (Room 3), 9:00-10:30 am

Topic: Industrialization, drainage, waste management, and pollution







Shahjahan Ahmed and Mohd. Shamsul Alam

Rainfall in Chittagong city and aspects of drainage congestion problem: A historical perspective


Shamima Aktar and Md. Ashikuzzaman

Effects of urbanization on urban water bodies in Khulna City Corporation area


M. A. Islam, Q. H. Bari, K. M. Hassan, and M. M. Rahman

Effect of unplanned industrialization on urban environment: A case study in Natore


Raihana Pervin and Sheikh Ashraf Uz Zaman

Household waste management in Dhaka city for better environment 



Session A4 (Room 4), 9:00-10:30 am

Topic: Housing policies and planning







S.M. Shah Mahmood

Execution and violation of setback rule in eastern fringe areas of Dhaka city


Jubaida Gulshan Ara, Mohammed Moniruzzaman Miah

Policy of housing for slum dwellers


Sardar Masud Karim

Planning for Sydney: Performance, lessons learned, and future


Tania Taher Lata, Tabassum Zarin and Khandaker Ashifuzzaman

Hidden possibilities of FAR in the context of Dhaka’s residential areas



Session A5 (Room 5), 9:00-10:30 am

Topic: Fire Hazard







Saima Rahman and Md. Kamrul Hasan

Increasing menace of fire hazard as a consequence of unplanned urbanization


Annesha Das Hasi, Bushra Islam, Afrin Hossain and Momenun Nessa

Preparedness for urban fire hazards


Sanjib Barua, Mizanur Rahman, Mania Tahsina Taher

Urban fire safety issues in slum areas: Dhaka episode



Session A6 (Room 6), 9:00 – 10:30 am

Topic: Health effects of urbanization

Chair: Shishir Majumder, Department of Community Medicine, National Medical College, Dhaka


Organizer: M. A. Matin (BAPA) and Ziauddin Ahmed (BEN)


Introduction on BAPA EHP (Environment Health Program) by S. K. Roy (ICDDRB), Convener of BAPA EHP (10 minutes)


Introduction of BEN Health Panel by Ziauddin Ahmed, Chair of BEN Health Panel (10 minutes)




Ziauddin Ahmed (Drexel University, USA)

Health hazard of inappropriate waste disposal (15 minutes)


Meerjady Sabrina Flora (NIPSOM)

Urban Health Challenges in Bangladesh: Perspective Environment (15 minutes)


Arifur Rahman (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)

Effects of traffic accidents in the society (15 minutes).


M. H. Faruqee (State University of Bangladesh)

Urban Health in the new National Health Policy (10 minutes)


Comments from the audience (10 minutes)

Closing Remarks by the Chair (05 minutes)




10:30 – 11:00: Tea Break


11:00-12:00: Inaugural Session (Auditorium)

Chair: Muzaffar Ahmad, President BAPA

Chief guest:

Special guest:




12:00 noon – 1:30 pm: Plenary Session I

Topic: Sustainable urbanization in Bangladesh

Chair: Rehman Sobhan (Centre for Policy Dialogue) (TBC)




Initial presentation by Nazrul Islam (BEN and BAPA)


Discussants (TBC):

Nazrul Islam (University Grants Commission)

Sarwar Jahan (Bangladesh Institute of Planners)

Saber Hossain Chowdhury, MP (Awami League)

Mirza Faqrul Islam (Bangladesh Nationalist Party, BNP)

Rashed Khan Menon, MP (Workers’ Party)




1:30-2:30 pm: Lunch



2:30-4:00 pm: Concurrent expert sessions (B1-B5) and general sessions (G1-G3)



Session B1 (Room 1), 2:30-4:00 pm

Topic: Governance, infrastructure, planning, economic and management aspects







Salim Rashid

Output loss due to congestion: Theoretical considerations


Mahmud Farooque

From reactive governance to anticipatory governance: Engaging experts and citizens


Ferdouse Oneza

Growth management and environmental protection,


Shahed Khan, Mohammad Shahidul Hasan Swapan

Technological innovation in urban planning of Bangladesh: Speeding up planning administration or enhanced community engagement?



Session B2 (Room 2), 2:30-4:00 pm

Topic: Climate change, flooding, rural to urban migration







Mohammad Zaman

Climate Change Impacts and Urban Migration: Confronting the Looming Crisis,


Saleh Ahmed

Climate Induced Migration and the Human Impacts on Megacity Dhaka: A Scenario Analysis


Albelee Haque, Farhana Sharmin, Xin Yuan, Shiba Kar

Climate change trend and health impact: The moral challenges of climate change


Manoranjan Pegu

Urbanization and rural-urban migration in Bangladesh: A macro review



Session B3 (Room 3), 2:30-4:00 pm

Topic: Urbanization and quality of life







Sharif Shams Imon and Mahbubur Rahman

Can Historic Waterfront Conservation Help Improve the Quality of Life in Old Dhaka?


Ahmad Kamruzzaman Majumder, K. M. Nazmul Islam, K. Maudood Elahi and Jussi Dayna Biswas

Evaluation of traffic noise pollution and exposed individuals’ perception of Dhaka city


Qazi Azizul Mowla

Integrating heritage artifacts into the urban fabric of Dhaka


Tanima Tabassum and Samia Sharmin

The impact of shrinkage of green space on Dhaka city’s local thermal environment



Session B4 (Room 4), 2:30-4:00 pm

Topic: Other issues of urbanization







Ahmad Kamruzzaman Majumder, K. M. Nazmul Islam and Md. Abu Taiyeb Chowdhury

Environmental impacts of commercial land-use in residential areas: A comparative study


Mohammod Irfan, Mohammod

Infrastructure 2030 – The Big Push ahead for Bangladesh,


Shaila Jamal , Sonia Rahman, Ishrat Islam, and Md. Musleh Uddin Hasan

Coping mechanism for utility crises in middle income areas of Dhaka


Tanveer Islam

Urbanization and planning in Dhaka--crisis and possibilities (in Bangla),



Session G1 (Room 5), 2:30-4:00 pm

Topic: Issues of urbanization outside Dhaka city



Organizer: Sharif Jamil


Initial presentation by Mohidul Hoque (BAPA)



Session G2 (Room 6), 2:30-4:00 pm

Topic: Traffic jam, its impact, and ways to overcome it





Initial presentation by BAPA and BEN



Plenary Session II: 4:00-5:30 pm

Topic: Urbanization issues of Bangladesh







M. Khalequzzaman

A critique of the Feasibility study of Dhaka Integrated Flood Control Embankment cum Eastern Bypass Road Multipurpose project


Salim Rashid

Compact Townships as a component of sustainable urbanization in Bangladesh


Waziuddin Saud Chowdhury

Density, chaos and sustainability in Dhaka


Mahbubur Rahman

Building Construction Rules--Search for an accountable, sustainable and participatory environment 



5:30 – 6:00 pm: Tea Break



6:00-6:30 pm: Strategy Session (Auditorium)

Topic: Resolution of the conference





Presentation of the draft resolution

Discussion on the draft

Adoption of the resolution



6:30-7:30: Concluding Session (Auditorium)


Chief guest:

Special guest: