May 21st, 2012
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Dhaka (CNN) – With 500,000 new migrants arriving in Bangladesh’s capital each year, finding space for them is a problem.

Where do 15 million people go to sleep every night? For several months of the year certain areas of Dhaka are under up to a meter of water, creating even greater pressure for secure housing.

Architect Mohammed Rezwan is building what he believes will be the solution to rising floods. North of Dhaka, on the Gumani River, is a floating village. More than 50 boats providing homes, hospitals and schools, and supporting 90,000 people.

At his office in Dhaka, architect Iqbal Habib is drawing up similar plans for the big city. Work is already underway to restore Hatirjheel Lake, in preparation for floating communities.

Dhaka’s current housing situation is unsustainable. A third of the city lives in unstable housing, according to UN Habitat.

Construction has now started at Purbachal, one of Dhaka’s largest new housing developments. It is a satellite city where 62,000 flats are being built for middle-income Bangladeshis, by the housing authority RAJUK, to tease people away from the big city.

Whether it’s brick, or boat, the pressure to house the megacity is great; a challenge for Dhaka to face.

soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. bdviewer

    Yes, it is real news about housing problem in Dhaka. Not only that due to continual increasing of house rent it is difficult for middle class family to live inside Dhaka.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:31 am |
  2. Anonymous

    To Elon Musk:

    So, how many people did you have to swindle to get your teeny, tiny little "rocket" to finally take off, huh EM?
    BTW, your grand scheme to "mandate" everyone to buy your Tesla is doomed to fail...sorry!

    May 22, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
  3. cheikh

    There's only one solution, and that's the only thing that will save bangladesh.ONE CHILD POLICY,IF IT COMES FOR WORSE NONE AT ALL.Stop rooting!!! This is not about islam anymore,the practice of having 6 to 10 kids.Open your eyes,don't be selfish bangladesh,because the world cannot tolerate giving beggars money,when they don't want to change their ways.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  4. Marc

    Why do people in this country, one of the world poorest and most densely populated have so many children ?...its stupid...stop breeding like rabbits and educate the people you have already to get out of the poverty trap...Why should the hard earned tax money of western countries be given to this overpopulated cesspit to continue creating babies they cant afford to house or feed....put a condom on it for goodness sake

    May 23, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  5. Jose

    They need to build a dam to run in hydroelectricity and to prevent floods

    May 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  6. Rajeev

    I like Quest Means Business because as he says, he tells us Who did what, where, when, why ... and even how. When he is not there, I would like to know where he is (if on work). That is, "this is ... standing in for Richard Quest, who is in ..."

    May 25, 2012 at 4:31 am |
  7. suranjan

    You have strong man.i am fond of learn to your reporting . First of all what i will do it?

    May 30, 2012 at 4:01 am |
  8. don canard

    are those people still breeding at the rate they used to ?

    June 14, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  9. Jason Wood RE/MAX Crest Realty Vancouver

    And those of us in Vancouver feel like we are running out of space to house our people.......

    November 20, 2013 at 7:47 am |

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