City Cluster Development: Toward an Urban-Led Development by Kyeongae Choe

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Examples of megacitydominated clusters include the National Capital Region of Delhi, the Karachi-centered mega-urban region in Pakistan, the Dhakacentered mega-urban region in Bangladesh, the Metro Manila 26 City Cluster Development National Capital Region in the Philippines, the Bangkok–Thonburi metropolitan region in Thailand, and the Jakarta-centered Jakarta– Bogor–Tangerang–Bekasi region in Indonesia. Greater Bangkok. Bangkok has been more successful than other Asian cities in planning and managing outward expansion.

These types of clusters are distinguished by their population, the geographic area they cover, planning and governance mechanisms, and their spheres of economic and social influence in the context of the particular regions where they are located. Although settlements within the clusters initially developed as individual cities, those cities have been drawn closer by their economic and social links. In some cases, the built-up areas of the individual cities in the cluster have merged. In other cases, agricultural land, open space, and greenfields still separate the cities from each other, but economic and social activities and comprehensive regional plans integrate them into functional clusters.

Greater Dhaka. 1 million by 2015. Dhaka city proper, which is governed by the Dhaka City Corporation, is divided into 135 wards. Greater Dhaka includes the central city, 7 principal and 14 auxiliary thanas (subdistricts), and covers 1,463 km2. Urban and regional planning in Greater Dhaka is carried out by Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkyya (commonly referred to as RAJUK), or Capital Development Authority. However, governance and management of urban functions are divided among at least 41 government agencies and units, making coordinated CCD difficult.

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