Once a safe haven for indigenous fish stocks to breed and a center of human activity, the Shuvadya Canal on the outskirts of the capital in Keraniganj has now been left to die. The canal, which connects the river Buriganga to the river Dhaleshwari, was a source of drinking water for the people of the 50 villages of Shuvadya, Aganagar and Teghoria unions. Now, as one walks along the bank of the canal, the stench of the moribund canal and garbage piles fills the air. To escape this miserable situation and improve the quality of life of her citizens, the objectives need to be re-evaluated as a priority. For this, the canal is being re-excavated to facilitate the strategic initiative, with river bank protection as its primary focus.
At the entrance point to Shuvadya Canal in Keraniganj, the designers want aspiration to take a moment and look at the river and historic riverfront of Buriganga and relieve the sisterhood. This is the precise spot where the path to the Shuvadya Canal should be reopened to the public. An urban window designed at the entrance of the Shuvadya Canal can frame the historic vista of the mighty Buriganga shore that we have grown accustomed to seeing in art.
In light of the design success of Dhanmondi Lake, Hatirjheel Lake, Baburail Canal, etc., in Dhaka, it is essential to integrate public place-making in Keraniganj's "Shuvadya Khal" as well.
Feasibility study for Re-excavation of Shuvadya Khal along with development & protection of both banks
Nasrul Hamid Foundation
Keraniganj Upazila, Dhaka
Ar.Md. Iqbal Habib (Team Leader)
Ar.Md. Ishtiaque Zahir
Dr. Akter Mahmud
Structural Design Engineer:
Md. Tofazzel Hossain
Dr. Ahsanul Kabir
Eng. David M Khan
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