Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK): Governance Challenges and Way forward
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK) is the prime authority to build its area jurisdiction as a planned, livable and environment friendly city. It is an autonomous body. RAJUK is entitled with the responsibility of planning, developing and controlling development of the areas under its jurisdiction. One of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations is that, sustainable development is not achievable ‘without significantly transforming the way we build and manage our urban spaces’ (Goal 11). The global body emphasizes on ‘making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. It is targeted to ensure access for all- to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services (Target 11.1), to enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization (Target 11.3), to provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces (Target 11.7), to adopt and implement integrated policies and plans (Target 11b) etc. (UN, 2015). Sustainable urban development has also been emphasized in the 7th five-year plan of Bangladesh government (GoB, 2015). The perspective plan of government has also taken the ‘sprawling urbanization’ into consideration (GoB, 2010, p. 68) and emphasizes to ‘make cities livable’. All these combine the role of the city development authority. This study is an initiative to assess the governance of this body as well as the services vis-à-vis its mission.