Enlivening Miles: A study of the potentialities of an abandoned railway corridor in narayanganj to serve the growing city as a green corridor

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    Ahmed, Sabbir
    2019 Conference Papers
    Conference Papers
    Urban design


Running along river Shitalakkhya’s edge, the Chashara-Adamjee EPZ Cargo Route has been inactive for many years, with the abandonment of Adamjee Jute Mills in 2002 being the most important factor. The main concerns are the inefficient and unplanned use of the railway land, garbage disposal and potential industry exploitations which it remains vulnerable to, whereas the communities residing along, water bodies and the river are its biggest strength. Narayanganj is a city craving for vibrant public
spaces. This disused railway corridor has the potential to be a significant urban activity corridor in the direction of the city’s growth that will act like magnets pulling and sewing together public activities, eventually creating diverse employment opportunities while addressing the city’s cultural and
environmental needs. The beneficiaries of this transformation could be the city’s residents, with its
economy flourishing and its environment improving. The methodology of this paper, as a whole, could
be classified as a Case Study, which includes a combination of Qualitative method and Analytical
method. Analysis and inferences were drawn from design interpretations carried out through the
inductive reasoning method. The paper attempts to understand the city’s capacity to redevelop the
mentioned corridor currently navigating its way through a variety of unique contexts, scenarios, and
lifestyles across the length of the mentioned rail route.

Keywords: Railway-corridor, Disused, Green-corridor, Urban-design.


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