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Dhaka City Guide
|Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh and the principal city of Dhaka
District. Located on the banks of the Buriganga River, Dhaka, along
with its metropolitan area, has a population of 11 million, making
it the largest city in Bangladesh.
Geography and climate
|Dhaka is located in central Bangladesh at 23°42'0"N, 90°22'30"E,
on the eastern banks of the Buriganga River. The city lies on the
lower reaches of the Ganges Delta and covers a total area of 815.85
square kilometres (315 sq mi). It consists of seven principal thanas
— Dhanmondi, Kotwali, Motijheel, Paltan, Ramna, Mohammadpur,
Sutrapur, Tejgaon — and 14 auxiliary thanas — Gulshan,
Lalbagh, Mirpur, Pallabi, Sabujbagh, Dhaka Cantonment, Demra, Hazaribagh,
Shyampur, Badda, Kafrul, Kamrangir char, Khilgaon and Uttara. In total
the city has 130 wards and 725 mohallas. Dhaka district has an area
of 1463.60 square kilometres (565 sq mi); and is bounded by the districts
of Gazipur, Tangail, Munshiganj, Rajbari, Narayanganj, Manikganj.
Tropical vegetation and moist soils characterise the land, which is
flat and close to sea level. This leaves Dhaka susceptible to flooding
during the monsoon seasons owing to heavy rainfall and cyclones.
Dhaka experiences a hot, wet and humid tropical climate. The city
is within the monsoon climate zone, with an annual average temperature
of 25 °C (77 °F) and monthly means varying between 18 °C
(64 °F) in January and 29 °C (84 °F) in August. Nearly
80% of the annual average rainfall of 1,854 millimetres (73 in)
occurs between May and September. The environment of Dhaka is facing
serious threats from pollution caused by the city's rapid expansion,
congestion and industrial activities. Increasing air and water pollution
emanating from traffic congestion and industrial waste are serious
problems affecting public health and the quality of life in the
city. Water bodies and wetlands around Dhaka are facing extinction
as these are being filled up to construct multi-storied buildings
and other real estate developments.
Dhaka City Map
| Cycle rickshaws and auto rickshaws are the main mode of transport
for the inhabitants of the city, with close to 400,000 rickshaws running
each day — the largest number for any city in the world. However,
only about 80,000 rickshaws are licensed by the city government. Relatively
low-cost and non-polluting cycle rickshaws nevertheless cause traffic
congestion and have been banned from many parts of the city. Public
buses are operated by the state-run Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation
(BRTC) and by private companies and operators. Scooters, taxis and
privately-owned automobiles are increasingly becoming popular with
the city's growing middle-class. The government has overseen the replacement
of two-stroke engine taxis with "Green taxis" locally called
CNG, which run on compressed natural gas.
Dhaka has 1,868 kilometres (1,161 mi) of paved roads. It is connected
by highways and railway links to Chittagong, Khulna, Mymensingh,
Rajshahi, Faridpur and Sylhet. Highway links to the Indian cities
of Kolkata and Agartala have been established by the BRTC which
also runs regular bus services to those cities from Dhaka. The Kamalapur
Railway Station and the Airport (Biman Bandar) Railway Station are
the main railway stations providing trains on suburban and national
routes operated by the state-run Bangladesh Railway.
The Sadarghat Port on the banks of the Buriganga River serves the
transportation of goods and passengers upriver and to other ports
in Bangladesh and South Asia. The Zia International
Airport is the largest and busiest in the nation.
The state-run Biman Bangladesh Airlines is the primary airline corporation
based at the airport, although private carriers are gaining popularity.