Integrated Development of Hatirjheel Area Including Begunbari Canal
Integrated Development of Hatirjheel Area Including Begunbari Khal (canal)” is a Wetland restoration project that explores the possibility of reintroducing water edge element into the city which was in its spirits at the beginning when Dhaka city started its journey on the edge of Buriganga River. It intends to act as a bridge between densely developed old part of city on the South and new organized North part of the city. Spreading over 311 acres, this project has endeavored towards improving connectivity between major urban corridors as well as acting as retention pond to mitigate the flash flood prone densely populated part of the area.
The realization of integrated Hatirjheel project is a result of an urban movement for six years. This project was in the forefront of issues regarding social and urban improvement of the locality. The development of Hatirjheel area was carried out by developing the Jheel ( water body) and constructions of above grade overpasses and at grade waterside roadway , reclaimed waterways, circular bus bay, vehicular parking spaces etc.
Once a symbol of environmental degradation, Hatirjheel now symbolizes a remarkable example of environmental restoration. Successful implementation of this project inspires to restore other moribund water bodies of the city and transform this overbuilt capital into a ‘floating city’ historically which was its legacy.
Architects: VITTI Sthapati Brindo Ltd
Structural Engineer: DPM Consultants Ltd
Electrical Engineer: A.I. Associates Ltd
Contractor: Bangladesh Army, 16 ECB