Constructing Sustainable Settlements Through Ru-Ban Planning Approach


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Project Overview

Development of the area of Fridpur Sadar upazila along Kumar Nod (river) through preservation of traditional social spaces including Ghatlas (A social space for interaction between human and river) prioritizing socio-cultural activities and protection of Kumar Nod and natural environment of the area in its natural state through providing necessary social connector, physical infrastructure and landscape elements including paved walkways and also provide with necessary drainage and waste management.


  • Others (Open Space, Social Infrastructure)
Funding Goal
Asia and the Pacific


  1. To preserve the bank of river from encroachment and protection of its natural environment
  2. Providing necessary services and facilities for various social spaces of Ru-Ban for making them socio-culturally vibrant and environmentally sustainable
  3. To develop the ghatlas as the centre of socio-cultural and day-to-day activities in conformity with the socio norms and values
  4. To protect the environmental health of the area from environmental degradation
  5. To develop the neighborhood following traditional cultural heritage of the area by using vernacular architecture of neighborhood through translation of socio-cultural maxims (Khona’s) and integrating design with existing risk sensitive land use plan to establish vibrant socio-cultural environment of the area.

Progress Tracker


  • Phase 1 (Completed)

    1)Circulation Network: Paved road for primarily non-motorized vehicles and walk waysa.(Bituminous Roads : 3.8 km -width varying 60’, 20’, 10’; Concrete roads: 0.20 km-width 8’; Brick paved roads: 0.45 km-width 4’ to 8’) 2)Preservation of river: Paved walkways along the river including the provision of necessary landscape elements including paved walkways, tree plantation, cladding, sitting arrangements, fences etc. 3)Environmental protection: Construction of water treatment plant, Well-designed drainage and waste disposal & management system. 4)Identification, design and implementation of Socio-cultural facilities: Development of meeting places, market places, business centers, ghatlas with necessary services and facilities including walkways, toilets, waste management, drainage etc. 5)Segregation of ghatlas: At present 14 ghatlas are using for swimming, diving, boating, bathing, washing, peddling, goods transportation, dipping idol etc. These ghatlas will Provide necessary facilities for different types of uses and segregate them according to uses and social norms. 6)Integration of vernacular architecture of neighborhood through translation of socio-cultural (Khona’s) maxims with existing risk sensitive landuse plan: Khonas maxims would be followed while redesigning the area

Current Stage

Concept Stage: Specific projects are identified and conceptualized. There exists a basic economic model.



Project Milestones


ESG Impact

The social spaces and open spaces of the city would promote tourism in the area. Moreover, green-blue and pedestrian development would reduce the cost of fuel resulting in low carbon emission, which would help in economic development of the city. Preservation of social space, development of existing visible and invisible neighborhood social connector would improve the quality of life of the city and ultimately promote blue-green governance of the city.


The primary beneficiaries of the project are the inhabitants ofFaridpur Municipality and its surrounding region. The target population of the area is 428834.

SDG Goals

SDG 1: No PovertySDG 2: Zero HungerSDG 3: Good Health and Well-beingSDG 4: Quality EducationSDG 5: Gender EqualitySDG 6: Clean Water and SanitationSDG 7: Affordable and Clean EnergySDG 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthSDG 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureSDG 10: Reduced InequalitySDG 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesSDG 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionSDG 13: Climate ActionSDG 14: Life Below WaterSDG 15: Life on LandSDG 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsSDG 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goals


SDG 6, 11 & 15

The initiative would make the city inclusive as retrieving of emergency lifeline would be retrieved through establishment of socio-cultural green-blue connector. The city would also be safe from the point of view of urban fire hazards and road safety through segregation of mode of traffic. As the vulnerable heritage buildings would be conserved, the city would be earthquake resilient and as a whole sustainable. Moreover, safe drinking water would be made available to the inhabitants of the city through development of frontier technology in water supply system with a view to enhance fire safety. Also conservation and preservation of water body and open spaces would radically improve the waste management system of the city.

Risks and Limitations

What are the key risks, constraints and dependencies related to the project?

The key risks, constraints and dependencies related to the project are as follow:

  • Preservation of the heritage buildings: Heritage buildings that belongs to government are possible to preserve upon consent from the competent authority, as the buildings belongs to different agencies.
  • Willingness of the municipal authority to develop such frontier technology in water supply system with special reference to fire fighting
  • Widening of roads through segregation of motorized and non-motorized vehicle with provision of bi-cycle route and pedestrian include recovery of rights of way and also acquisition and/or willingness of the inhabitants of area to give land for road widening. Awareness building is required to this end.
  • Conservation of wetland including preservation and conservation of open spaces that belongs to private ownership are difficult. Because, acquisition of land is very difficult. Awareness building is essential for achieving the said objective.

Risk mitigation and continuity

Faridpur Municipality is very potential area and going to be a city corporation soon. This project is very important so change in government will not effect this project.


Type of Investment


Financing Structure

Public Private Partnership

Secured Investment

The project still at concept stage.

Committed Government Funding


National and Subnational Investors


Committed Private Funding



Technical Support Required

This will be a pilot project which will implement the approach of “Ru-Ban”.


Governmental Buy-in

Yes. National Level, Subnational/regional level.

Other Forms of Governmental Support

The government will provide technical support.

National Ministries Involved

Director, Urban Development Directorate, Ministry of Housing and Public Works.

SubNational Ministries Involved

Mayor, Faridpur Municipality

Other Entities Involved


Licenses and Permits



  • 10th February 2020

    Cities Investment Platform in progress - updates pending

  • 10th February 2020

    Project featured on the Cities Investment Platform which was launched at the Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF'10)

Supporting Documents

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