Project Inception: March, 2011
Project Revised: June, 2012
Project Completion: September, 2015

Mymensingh Strategic Development Plan (MSDP) Project, 2011-2031

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:: First meeting of TMC ::

First meeting of TMC

After formation of TMC, the first meeting of the Committee was held on 25 May 2013 at Mymensingh. The meeting was chaired by Mr. S. M. Arif-ur-Rahman, Joint Secretary (Development), Ministry of Housing and Public Works. Venue of the meeting was seminar room of SPONDON, Amirabad Residential Area, Maskanda, Mymensingh. Among fifteen members eleven members including one more nominated member from Khulna University attended the meeting. Details of the meeting are described in the foregoing sub-sections. It is to be noted here that if any confusion arises about the contents of the report, then the minutes of the meeting, which is attached in the Appendix-II, would be used as reference and be treated as the valid.

2.1 Inauguration Session of the Meeting

The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Honorable Chairman welcomed the members of the committee, who attended the meeting. In his welcome speech, the chairman expressed his heart felt gratitude to CDMP and UDD for undertaking such project like “Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction in Land Use Planning” in Bangladesh for the first time. Then, he requested Dr. K. Z. Hossain Taufique, Project Director (PD), to give an overall description about the project.

2.2 Describing the Project Background and Progress of the Project

As requested by the Chairman, the PD explained the conceptual and structural formation of the project along with progress of the project activity and other relevant issues. Decision of undertaking a development planning project is a logical and timely decision as present development trend of Dhaka is extending from Gazipur to Mymensingh. Besides, from the geological point of view, Mymensingh is at potential risk of earthquake. Hence, integrating the possible risk of disaster and seismic risk in particular into development planning process is a revolutionary decision in the history of physical planning in Bangladesh.

The PD also stated that Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is going to be integrated in land use planning for the first time in Bangladesh. A Planning module would be developed following the planning process of the whole planning package, which would be used as a model in preparation of disaster Risk sensitive land use plan. He also presented 4 (four) reports on different events of the project activities including (i) Inception Report, (ii) Report Children Art Competition and Workshop, (iii) Report on Rural PRA Sessions; and (iv) Report on Urban PRA Sessions for review by the members of TMC. The members of TMC opine that the reports are reasonably acceptable.

Then Dr. Taufique requested Mr. Ahsan Habib, Assistant planner, to explain the present status and progress of Physical Feature Survey Checking through Power Point Presentation and other Consultants to explain their own activities as well.

2.3 Explanation of Different Activities and Events of MSDP Project by Project Personnel and Consultants

Mr. Ahsan Habib,   Assistant planner, UDD explained The physical feature Survey data Update activities including identification of holding no, and floor based uses of difference physical feature in detail on the TMC meeting.

Mr. Shahin Ahmed, on behalf of Decode Ltd. and Geomark presented a report on Mouza Map Digitization and Geo-referencing.

Mr. Tamzidul Islam, on behalf of Decode-Bestway- Geomark Ltd. discussed  about benefit of using 3-D GIS in Planning process through Photogrammety and finding from analysis of Sample Questionnaire Survey, which were received from mail Questionnaire.

2.4. Discussion by the TMC Members during Meeting

Discussion on Various Project Components by the members of TMC during meeting is discussion below:

2.4.1. Discussion by the Representative from Geological Survey of Bangladesh (GSB)

Mr. A. T. M. Asaduzzaman, Director, GSB welcomed the MSDP Project due to timely initiation of assessing seismic rick from the results of geo-physical survey with the assistance from CDMP and incorporating it into land use planning. He stated that impact of Dhaka-Mymensingh connecting High on Mymensingh should be reflected with due importance into the development planning considering the highway as “Development Corridor”. He explained the process of Geological Survey for determining geo-physical structure through `bore-hole’ and impact of earthquake on building structure. He told that, at present GSB is using three-Dimensional Geological Model. It is possible to determine three dimensional geo-physical structure of soil more precisely through 3-D model. As an example, he stated that at Aftabnagar, structural intervention equivalent to 16-storey building is required to reach sub soil through piling. He also told that it is not possible to forecast the geo-physical structure of Mumensingh through the Engineering Geology with only 20 numbers of bore-holes, because it is required to make bore-hole at 250m internal for collecting three dimensional data to prepare “micro-zonation” map. In fact, it is also difficult to prepare a three-dimensional geo-physical map with the results from bore-holes at 250m. interval.  In response to the proposed of conducting geological survey with the fund allocated with MSDP project for the said survey. Mr. Asad said that according to its “Charter of Duties”, GSB cannot accept money from any organization for conducting Geological Survey. In this respect, GSB can assign their officers to supervise the survey work, if UDD conducts geological survey. He added that no limit should be given for the depth of bore-hole in case of identification of Geo-physical hazard. Boring to be continued until target layer is reached. Otherwise, risk estimation may lead to deceptive and fallacions result.

2.4.2. Discussion by the Representative from CDMP

Dr. Nurul Islam, Urban Disaster Risk Reduction Specialist, CDMP, emphasized on undertaking planning initiative in the areas of higher risk of disasters. He also told that initiative of incorporating the risk of different disasters into development planning of Mymensingh has a great significance, because seismic risk was not assessed in preparation of Detailed Area Plan for RAJUK. He explained the role of CDMP in this respect. He also told that most of the incidents of urban fire hazard occurred from the electric short circuit in the buildings. So, he requested to incorporate the issue of electric supply line in assessing the risk of urban disaster.

2.4.3. Discussion by the Representative from Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)

Mr. Anisur Rahman, Senior Project Manager, ADPC, told about their activities that only the seismic risk and its impact is to addressed by ADPC for MSDP Project, according to TOR. He also told that `Z’ Value i.e., elevation of land from mean sea level (MSL) has not been included into GIS database of Physical Feature Survey. GIS Database Combining with `Z’ value would be supplied to UDD very soon. Moreover, ADPC would upgrade the database according to the findings from Physical Feature Survey Checking by UDD.

2.2.4. Discussion by the Representative from Urban and Rural Planning Discipline, Khulna University

Professor Dr. Shamim-Mahbubul Haque, Urban and Rural Planning Discipline, Khulna University emphasized on reviewing “Draft Urban Policy, 2012” thoroughly prior to prepare structure plan and requested MSDP Project Team Members to incorporate the provisions made under “Standing Order on Disaster” (SOD) in case of integrating the risk of disaster into planning Package. Asked the MSDP project personnel that how the Pucca, Semi-pucca and Kutcha structures been defined in case of Physical feature Survey. He stated that quality of data is the pre-requisite for preparing an acceptable plan. On the basis of analysis of such data a draft master would be prepared and lastly, the planning package is to be finalized on the basis of comments from all the stakeholders.

2.2.5. Discussion from Another Representative from Urban and Rural Planning Discipline, Khulna University.

Professor Dr. Mostafa Saowar, Urban and Rural planning discipline, Khulna University, requested to consider the law under the provisions of which the buildings would be identified as high, medium and Low vulnerable and are to be enforced in case of implementation of the plan. In case of integrating DRR into land use planning, he said that the resource, which is required to save a person, it is possible to rehabilitate many persons by using the same resource. He also told that in case of population projection, three deferent growth rates including high, medium and lows has been used. He requested to consider other theoretical basis of population projection in estimating future population for the project area. As an inhabitant of Mymensingh town, Dr. Sarowar urged that there is no tradition of social relation specially marriage of the people of mainland with that of char land. In this connection, how far the initiative of diverting development trend on the other bank of the river Brahmaputra would be fruitful. He requested to consider the prevailing social norms for preparing the plan for Mymensingh.  

2.2.6 Discussion by the Representative from Urban and Regional Department, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)

Professor Dr. Mohammad Shakil Akter, Urban and Regional Department, (BUET), in his discussion about the project told that it is reveled from a research on Sirajganj conducted by researcher of Jahangirnagar University that usually a person do  not want to stay in char land for more than seven years, which should be considered in preparing plan for Mymensingh. He also requested to consider the issue of migration along with using mathematical methods of population projection for forecasting population for the project period. In response to his question, who would estimate the probability of hazard and prepare risk-sensitive map, the project director, replied that UDD would conduct the activity with the technical assistance from ADPC.

2.2.7 Discussion by the Representative from the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief

Md. Monirul Islam, Executive Engineer. Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, requested to incorporate all on going and approved future projects of different sectoral agencies within the project area into the plan.

2.2.8 Discussion by the Representative from the Mymensingh Paurashava

Md. Rafiqul Islam Bhuiyan, Executive Engineer, Mymensingh Paurashava, stated that the Pourashava in under tremendous pressure from the local people in cast of integrating disaster risk reduction into planning. He also requested CDMP to provide the data to the paurashava after classification of vulnerable structures.

2.2.9 Discussion by the Representative from the Upazila Nirbahi Officer

Md. Dewan Nurul Huda, P.I.O, requested to make provision of two bridges on the river Brahmaputra to bring rural area of the project area into the urbanization process.

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