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ED: For a safer Dhaka

  • Published at 10:39 am September 20th, 2021
Dhaka city urban
MAHMUD HOSSAIN OPU

What use is development and growth if citizens do not feel safe in the city they reside in

Bangladesh continues to make significant strides as a nation and with how our economy has continued to grow despite the global Covid-19 pandemic, there is reason to be hopeful that we will indeed fulfill the myriad economic ambitions we have set for ourselves.  

The capital city of Dhaka remains at the centre of this development. Yet, there is more to any nation and any city than just growth rate. Safety is arguably the most important component, for what use is development and growth if citizens do not feel safe in the city they reside in.  

With that in mind, Dhaka's recent ranking of 54th out of 60 countries in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU’s) Safe Cities Index 2021 is disappointing and indicates that, while we may be hitting certain milestones, we continue to lag in certain crucial areas.  

However, Dhaka's score did improve with regard to infrastructure and health, which we can take as positive indicators that the authorities are indeed prioritizing areas which matter for the benefit of the people.  

Moving forward, in addition to ensuring our economic growth for the future, we cannot forget to prioritize making Dhaka a safer and more liveable city.  

There is plenty of potential to make smarter investments when it comes to the capital, from health care to law enforcement, and this would go a long way towards making Dhaka a city we can be proud to call our home.