Greater Dhaka

Greater Dhaka shown here over a map of districts of Bangladesh, the blue zone is Dhaka city corporation and surrounding thanas, red zone indicates suburban zones and/or amalgamated sadars (cities) around Dhaka, and white zone is the region which is beginning to show signs of urbanization. Buriganga river is shown along with India on the far right in orange.

Greater Dhaka is the conurbation surrounding the Bangladeshi capital city of Dhaka, which has grown into one of the world's largest megacities, and shows a very rapid rate of expansion. Dhaka not only grows because it is the capital and largest urban center, but also due to massive internal displacement from millions of people living in a perennially flood-prone river delta.

Definition

The area of Dhaka Statistical Metropolitan Area was 1,353 square kilometers, of which Dhaka City Corporation occupied 276 square kilometers at the 2001 census.[1] The Dhaka Statistical Metropolitan Area (SMA) covers the Dhaka Municipal Corporation area and Savar Upazila and Keraniganj Upazila of Dhaka District (note: only a portion of the district is part of the metropolitan area), Narayanganj Sadar Upazila, Bandar Upazila and Rupganj Upazila of Narayanganj District, Gazipur Sadar Upazila and Kaliakair Upazila of Gazipur District, and Narsingdi Sadar Upazila and Palash Upazila of Narsingdi District.

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