Integrating Inland Water Transportation with Roads
Historically water-dependent cities in developing countries have often opted for land-oriented transportation system once the wave of development began to take place. Despite being crisscrossed with rivers and canals with appropriate width and depth for inland water transport, cities like Dhaka, Bangladesh have failed to adopt an integrated approach towards transportation. This approach not only disregards the possible coexistence of water and road, but also adds to the damaging consequences of a detached transportation planning, i.e. water clogging, traffic congestion, destruction of wetlands, loss of cultural identity etc. With the research questions in mind “How can the water transport counterpart the road systems in a city in order to achieve an integrated and sustainable transportation planning?”, this topic is explored in four sections, (1) literature review on Inland Waterway Transportation (IWT) and sustainable transport indicator for IWT, (2) proposed toolkit of sustainable transport indicator for IWT on environmental, economic and social aspects, (3) historical context and changing patterns of water transport, the repercussion of the separated transportation system and assessing the IWT sector with the proposed toolkit and available data, and finally (3) critical analysis and recommendations for creating an alternative and supplementary water transport in Dhaka.
, Asakura Robinson
Confirmed SpeakerSaima Musharrat is completing her Master of Urban Planning degree with certificates in Sustainable Urbanism and Multimodal Transportation Planning at Texas A&M University. She is a fervent advocate for sustainable way of living in all aspects of life, be it built environment design or public policy planning. Musharrat expects to graduate in the Summer of 2017. Besides her studies, Musharrat is working as a Graduate Assistant for the Office of the University Architect in Texas A&M. In this role, she assists the Office of the University Architect in all aspects of campus development. Previously Musharrat has worked with Madison County Council of Governments in Indiana and has been a Graduate Research Assistant for the College of Architecture in Texas A&M.