December 13, 2017

Systematic urbanization of our towns and cities

  • With the development of technology, our living styles, behaviors, social relations and civilization are changing. During changes of our social lives, urbanization is increasing with great momentum day by day. With the development of technology, our living styles, behaviors, social relations and civilization are changing. During changes of our social lives, urbanization is increasing with great momentum day by day. Many people from rural areas are coming to urban areas with great expectations. It must be said that people have moved to greener pastures since time immemorial, assuming they would find better living conditions. Accordingly, they try to move from rural areas to their related towns, thence to cities and megacities. Amenities of cities—places for academic and vocational learning, job opportunities, locations of entertainment and enjoyment attract people to come there. Who can deny that urban areas can fulfill people’s requirements—learning, employment, enjoyment and extending the horizon of social relations? On the other hand, job opportunities are decreasing in small towns and rural areas. Circles of social relations can be said to be narrow in these areas. Especially, only cities can provide promising opportunities for youths—in pursuit of education, employment, knowledge, selection of life career and wealth. At a time when rural areas are driving people, especially youths, out of their villages and towns, cities are inviting them, thus cities are becoming larger and larger. With the development of cutting-edge technologies and new buildings, urban sprawl is rapidly spreading. Due to unsystematic spread of urbanization, cities uncontrollably became unpleasant for city dwellers to live.Big cities which developed unsystematically are experiencing shortage of infrastructures. The accumulation of myriads of problems—dwelling abodes, drinking water, poor sewage, drainage systems and insufficient power supplies caused many social problems. Unhygienic environmental situations pushed the standard of public health down. Crimes and offences are ubiquitous. People are finding it difficult to commute and travel. People’s capacities are decreasing. People are facing economic and social problems.By nature, a city will extend its area with the increasing population. It is necessary for authorities concerned to systematically manage the urban sprawl. This is urbanization plan. Implementation of the urbanization plan and mega-cities plans are to be taken into consideration with vision and with a broad view. Not only construction of buildings, roads, bridges and basic amenities but also economic and job opportunities, public health care and conservation of our cultural heritage need to be implemented. To sum it up, systematic urbanization is of great importance for the betterment of future generations, not only for the sake of solving current situations. Now is the time for Myanmar to speed up its momentum for national development. As we implement our national development plans, our cities will grow in size and population. Therefore systematic planning of our towns and cities should be taken into consideration.

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