With a view to providing better services and amenities Dhaka City Corporation has been proposed to be split into two parts- Dhaka North City Corporation and Dhaka South City Corporation. Local Government (City Corporation) (Amendment) Bill, 2011 was introduced at the national parliament last 23rd November to divide one of the most over populated cities of the world. Present government is trying to say that city corporation is in trouble to provide good services to one crore people by one body and it is facing problems to develop and maintain its infrastructures. Under the plan the North will be consisted of Uttara, Gulshan, Badda, Mohakhali, East Rampura, Tejgaon, Mohammadpur, Mirpur, Pallabi and Kafrul while Dhanmondi, Ramna, Motijheel, Sabujbagh, Demra, Khilgaon, Sutrapur, Kotwali and Lalbagh will make the South.
However, this proposal is being highly refuted by the civil societies and other experts of the country as they think it will create a deep complication. The main opposition party is also showing their apprehension to this issue as they are taking it as a blue print by the ruling party to keep the opposition party away from the scene. As the local government system of Bangladesh is problematic, the local government experts have been critical of the government’s decision as they pointed out that reforming the whole system can deliver here not by splitting the Dhaka City Corporation. Moreover the proposal is not economically viable which has been pointed out by the economists of the country. Conducting any kind of social cost benefit analysis we may get the clear picture that this will hamper the heritage, customs and creeds, cultural, social and political scenario of the city. This division will create a contrast in economic transactions, geographical distinction and many others communal idiosyncrasy.
The present government has taken a devastating decision of dividing the DCC into two. There is a lot of things to think about the city corporation but the government put this into a hap hazardous situation. We can find out our loop holes of the local government administrative system very easily. If we take the experiences of India and her different local government institutions we can simply get some good lessons to ease up our administration. Minimizing the corruption and introducing on-line system will reduce the administrative and compliance cost of the city corporation and will enhance its power to provide civic services to the city dwellers. Taking a sudden decision of splitting it without doing any kind of cost benefit analysis and public pole may make the equation even more complex.