I live in Dhaka, only 20 minutes away from my university; but I get out from my house about 1 hour and 15 minutes before class will start. Because of terrible traffic jam, most of the time it takes about an hour to reach university. I remember a week, right after Eid-ul-Fitr Dhaka city was like half empty, at that week I went to university in 20 minutes.
Dhaka is a mega city. More than twelve million people live here. Day by day the number is increasing and most part of Dhaka is badly affected by the population growth. More than 7 hundred thousand rickshaws ply the city road, but only 75 thousand have legal number. This huge number of rickshaws is creating traffic jam. From time to time attempts are made to reduce the number, but the initiative usually produces no results. The number of rickshaw pullers is huge. Almost there are no roads or street or lane free from traffic jam. (more…)
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Baridhara is a zone designated for diplomats, high ranking civil and military officials, and politicians in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Most embassies are located in Baridhara and people works in embassies (foreigners) lives here. It is an affluent part of Bangladesh which is evident by local infrastructures. It is also the location of the American International School of Dhaka (most expensive school in Bangladesh).
Bangladesh, which has 156 million people (July 2009 est.) and the area is 144,000 sq km including 10,090 sq km of water, so the total land is 133,910 sq km. Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable places to climate change. As the sea level slowly rises, this nation that is little more than a series of low-lying delta islands amid some of Asia’s mightiest rivers – the Ganges, Jamuna-Brahmaputra and Meghna. Bangladesh has more than 150 rivers cross Bangladesh and almost all rivers flows close to the danger marks during flood time. Experts said that major rivers like Jamuna and Padma could overflow at anytime if heavy rainfall occurs and continues for a week. (more…)
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“Jamir shar is a youngster whose age is close to thirteen. This parentless lad came to Dhaka city three years ago. He lost his parents in a road accident. With nobody to take care of him, he sells nuts in different areas of Dhaka city. He lives with a family at Pirjangi Mazar in Motijheel, taking his two meals with them and giving them his total income, which ranges from Taka 50 to 60.” (Dhaka Courier)
“Anwar Ali sells tea, biscuits and cigarettes in the city’s parks. He came to Dhaka from Mymensingh (a district in Bangladesh) five years ago. His two sons live in Mymensingh with their mother. Sometimes Anwar Ali goes to his village. He lives near Khilgaon Rail Gate and starts his work at dawn returning late to his house made out of waste plastic.” (Dhaka Courier) (more…)