Project Description Sheet


Project Name:

Consultancy Services for Preparation of Upazila Master Plan for Pourashavas under Upazila Towns Infrastructure Development Project (On going)




Project Location within Country:

22 Upazilas of four districts namely Comilla, Feni, Brahmanbaria, Kishoregang of Bangladesh

Approx. Project Value : BDT: 1,96,63,348.00



Name of Client:

Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Bangladesh.

Professional Staff Provided:


No. of Staff: 19


No. of Person-months: 294

Start Date (month/year):

March 2008

Completion Date:


To 2010

Approx. Value of Services:

BDT: 1,96,63,348.00

Name of Associated Firm(s) if any:

Pronoyan Architects and Engineers Ltd., SARM Associates, DevConsultants Ltd.

No. of Person-months of Professional Staff Provided by associated Firm(s):

75 man- months

Name of Senior Staff (Project Director / Co-ordinator, Team Leader) Involved and Functions Performed:

Mr. Al-Ameen (senior Urban Plnaner )

- Team Leader

Dil Rawshon (proffessor , Independent University )

- Deputy Team Leader

Md. A. Khaleq

- Demographer / Statistician

Md. Asaduzzaman Chowdhury

- Urban Development Economist

Md. Mizanur Rahman

- Transport Planning Expert

Md. Mizanur Rahman

- Transport Planning Expert

A. Majid Fakir

- Municipal Engineer

Helal Uddin

- Architect Planner

Kaniz Aklima Sultana

- Environmental Analyst/Planner


- GIS Specialist

Detailed Narrative Description of Project:


To conduct consultancy services for preparation of Master Plan at Upazila foreseeing the future development trends to provide an effective future development plan and strategies for 22 Upazila Towns of Four Districts (Bhairab, Bajitpur, Karimganj, Katiadi and Kuliarchar pourashavas of Kishoreganj district; Barura, Burichang, Chauddagram, Chandina, Comilla Sadar, Daudkandi, Debidwar, Homna, Laksham and Nangalkot pourashavas of Comilla district; Akhaura, Kasba and Nabinagar pourashavas of Brahmanbaria district; Chhagalnaiya, Daganbhuiyan, Parshuram and Sonagazi pourashavas of Feni district) under Package no. 03. considering the present situation and the local demand of the country. The project includes socio-economic survey, physical features survey, land use survey, topographic survey for Land Use Plan, Road Network Plan, Physical Infrastructural Plan, Drainage Network Plan, Traffic and Transportation Management Plan, Water and Sewerage Network Plan etc. In this study socioeconomic survey plays a very important role to identify the actual demand of the local people. In order to find out the actual demand among the population more than ten thousand of people have been identified and conducted to complete sample survey as per the homogeneous and heterogeneous target group.


Detailed Description of Actual Services Provided by the Company:


In the present Terms of References, the team uses both the Generic TOR prepared by the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED). Under the supervision of LGED and in close consultation with the Working Group, the consultant team is undertaking the following tasks.


Services: In this study the major services include survey and information collection and after survey the main task of this study that means planning, policies and strategies formulation comes one after another. Approximately 10000 nos. of survey is conducted in this project. The following four types of surveys play the key role for development and planning here.


1.     Socioeconomic survey: The project includes 22 Pourashava of 4 districts. For effective identification of the socio-economic situation 5%-7% stratified sample household survey has been conducted for each Pourashava. Already 8000 household survey has been completed where as the major components extracted through this survey are namely peoples income, expenditure, no. of family members, accessible urban facilities, adjacent road their width, communication vehicles, their fares length of road, educational status of household members etc. Collected primary data has been analysing with the help of SPSS and Excel software. After the analysis the survey information and with the help of the secondary information a survey report is prepared. Secondary socio-economic information has been collected by predefined questionnaire and discussing with the relevant personnel in the Pourashava. A plan will be develop for 20 years with the help of survey report and appropriate projection. All the work has done with the consultation of Urban Development Economist and Statistician.

2.     Environmental survey: About 50 questionnaires (5 questionnaires for each ward) have been surveyed of each Pourashava for the generation of environmental report. With the guide of the environmental Expert spatial environmental survey has conducted for specific pourashava. Finally with her guideline, the environmental report has prepared.

3.     Transport survey: Road, water and rail transport survey has been conducted by the perspective of existing situation in the 22 pourashava. O-D survey, Volume survey, Intersection survey and speed survey has done with the consultation of Transport Planning Expert. Finally TDM and TSM will prepare for the pourashava.

4.     Land use and topographic survey: This is most of engineering and urban planning related survey. Here the use of the each zone within the Pourashava is identified. The length, contour and dimensional aspects come for specific purpose. Most of the engineering equipment used here for eight calculation, area calculation, landscape design etc.

5.     Investment and Employment survey: As per the TOR of LGED, collection of data related to investment and employment is important to make the plan successful. Thus the view of the local people in respects to their involvement into the Pourashava planning is important and in the process of data collection is running.

6.     Population and Migration survey: This is an important issue in preparing the development plan namely the ward action plan etc. The data is collected under the socioeconomic survey questionnaire.


However the over all tasks mentioned in this project is given below as per the scope:

-          The scope of work under this Consultancy services covers all aspects related to the preparation of Master Plan/Urban Area Plan which includes Land Use Plan, Traffic Management Plan, Drainage and Environmental Plan and Ward Action Plans for the listed Upazila Towns (Bhairab, Bajitpur, Karimganj, Katiadi and Kuliarchar pourashavas of Kishoreganj district; Barura, Burichang, Chauddagram, Chandina, Comilla Sadar, Daudkandi, Debidwar, Homna, Laksham and Nangalkot pourashavas of Comilla district; Akhaura, Kasba and Nabinagar pourashavas of Brahmanbaria district; Chhagalnaiya, Daganbhuiyan, Parshuram and Sonagazi pourashavas of Feni district under Package no. 03. In order to prepare plan the activity containing but not limited to the following:

-          Visit the pourashava included under the package work and list the possible name of pourashavas that undertake preparation of Master Plan. In case if any pourashava has found already prepared Master Plan and it has no need for preparation of Master Plan then it is excluded from the package, written opinion of the concerned Chairman of the pourashava whether or not Master Plan preparation is included. A copy of list of pourashavas feasible for preparation of Master Plan is submitted to the office of the Project Director, UTIDP.

-          To organize an Inception Seminar at the pourashava level and inform the pourashava about the scope and Terms of Reference for the preparation of Master Plan. Make a through investigation and based on potential scope and opportunities available in the pourashava. To develop a 20 year development Vision for the pourashava linking the ideas and view of the pourashava people.

-          Determine the study area based on existing condition, demand of the pourashava and potential scope for future development. Carry out detailed Socio-Economic Demographic and Topographic Survey of the pourashava area following approved format and also collect data from primary and secondary sources.

-          Analyze such data and information, find out possible area of intervention to forecast future population of each pourashava (15-20 years), vis-a-vis assess their requirement for different services, physical and social infrastructure facilities, employment generation, housing, right of way and land requirement for the existing and proposed roads, drains, play grounds, recreation centres and other environmental and social infrastructure.

-          Identify and investigate the existing natural and man-made drains, natural river system, assess the extent and frequency of flood, determine area of intervention. Study the contour and Topographic Maps produced by the relevant agencies and also review any previous drainage Master Plan available for the Pourashavas.

-          Prepare a comprehensive (storm water) Drainage Master Plan for a plan period of 20 years. In such exercise consider all relevant issues including discharge calculation, catchments areas and design of main and secondary drains along with their sizes, types and gradients and retention areas with preliminary cost estimates for the proposed drainage system.

-          Recommend planning, institutional and legal mechanisms to ensure provision of adequate land for the establishment of proper rights of way for (storm water) drainage system in the pourashava.

-          Collect and assess the essential data relating to existing transport Land Use Plan, relevant regional and national highway development plans, accident statistics, number and type of vehicles registered for each pourashava.

-          Assess requirements of critical data and collect data through reconnaissance and traffic surveys which should estimate present traffic volume, forecast the future traffic growth, identification of travel patterns, areas of traffic conflicts and their underlying causes.

-          Study the viability of different solutions for traffic management and develop a practical short term traffic management plan, including one way systems, restricted access for large vehicles, improved signal system traffic islands, roundabouts, pedestrian crossings, deceleration lanes for turning traffic, suitable turning radius, parking policies and separation of pedestrians and rickshaws etc.

-          Assess the non-pedestrian traffic movements that are dominated by cycle rickshaw. Special recommendations should be made as to how best to utilize this form to transport without causing unnecessary delays to other vehicles. Proposals should also consider pedestrians and their safety, with special attention for the children.

-          Assess the current land use with regard to road transportation, bus & truck stations, railway stations etc, and recommend actions to optimize this land use.

-          Prepare a Road net work Plan based on topographic and base Map prepared under the Project. Recommend road development standards which will serve as a guide for the long and short term implementation of road. Also suggest Traffic and Transportation Management Plan and also suggest a traffic enforcement measure to be taken.

-          Prepare the Master Plan with all suitable intervention, supported by appropriate strategic policy, outline framework, institutional arrangement and possible source of fund for effective implementation of the plan.

-          Prepare a plan to set out proposed Master Plan at 3-levels namely Structural Plan, Master Plan/Urban Area Plan and Ward Action Plan.

-          At the first level, work-out frame strategy policy for the preparation of a structure plans for each pourashavas under the package. As a follow up of structural plan prepare a Master Plan consisting of Land Use Plan, Transportation and Traffic Management Plan, Drainage and Environmental Management Plan and Ward Action Plan.

-          Make a total list of primary and secondary roads, drains and other social infrastructures for each pourashava for a plan period of next 20 years. Examine and classify according to the existing condition, propose long, medium and short term plan and estimate cost for improvement of the drain and road alignment and other infrastructures.

-          In line with the proposed Master Plan propose a Ward Action Plan with list of priority schemes for the development of roads, drains, traffic management and other social infrastructures for implementation during the first five years of plan period.

-          Organize with the help of concerned pourashava at least 2 public consultation meeting/seminar one for discussion on Interim Report and the other on draft Final Report on the proposed Master Plan. Integrate beneficiary's point of view in the plan with utmost careful consideration.

-          Prepare and submit Master Plan and Report with required standards as required by the TOR.

Funding Agency: Government of Bangladesh (GOB)