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The second bridge of Hatirjheel with a dense population of people (second day of Eid al-Adha, 2013, just before sunset)
The second bridge of Hatirjheel with a dense population of people (second day of Eid al-Adha, 2013, just before sunset)
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Map of Hatirjheel and its surrounding areas
Coordinates: 23°44′58.47″N 90°23′48.35″W / 23.7495750°N 90.3967639°W / 23.7495750; -90.3967639
Inaugurated inJanuary 2, 2013
Founded bySheikh Hasina
 • Total122 ha (302 acres)
Sunset at Hatirjheel
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Hatirjheel at night
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Recreational value of Hatirjheel

Hatirjheel (Bengali: হাতিরঝিল [ɦatir dʒʱil], English: /ˈhɑːtˌhɪl/; meaning Elephant Lake) is a lakefront in Dhaka, Bangladesh that has been transformed into a transportation medium for minimizing traffic congestion.[1]

The area was constructed under Bangladesh Army and the Special Works Organization. It is now a popular recreational spot for residents of Dhaka and is currently undergoing renovation.[2]


Legend has it that the elephants of Dhaka's Pilkhana used to take baths in these wetlands – hence the name Hatirjheel. Architect Iqbal Habib, who heads the consultant firm of the Hatirjheel-Begunbari development project, said that the Bhawal Raja used to keep his tamed elephants at Pilkhana. He said that the elephants were taken to the wetlands through the Elephant Road and Hatirpool.


Hatirjheel is located at the centre of the capital city, Dhaka. It has a latitude of 23.7496 and a longitude of 90.3968. In other words, the Hatirjheel has coordinates of 23°44′58.47″N 90°23′48.35″E / 23.7495750°N 90.3967639°E / 23.7495750; 90.3967639.[3] The area stretches from Sonargaon Hotel in the south to all the way to Banasree in the north. The place is surrounded by Tejgaon, Gulshan, Badda, Rampura, Banasree, Niketon, and Maghbazar, and it made the transportation of the people living near these areas much easier.

Hatirjheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh


Building the entire site required 19.71 billion (19,710 million) taka and an area of 302 acres.[4] From this, 10.48 billion (10,480 million) taka was spent in acquiring the site itself. 46% of the area belongs to RAJUK, which includes an area of 81 acres for a "court of walks", 141 acres for public lands and 1 acre for BTV. The project was first permitted in October 2007, and was said to be completed within three years (by June 2010). However, the construction began in December 2008, which took a further half year for expanding it. The total funds for creating the project included the money of RAJUK (1,113.7 billion taka), LGED (2,760 million) and WASA (866.95 million).[5]

It has an area of 311.79 acres while some 8.80 kilometer service road and some 8.80 kilometer expressway have been constructed under the project.[6] The entire area of Hatirjheel is designed with about four main and four minor bridges (viaducts), several overpasses (flyovers), footbridges (overbridges), 8.80 kilometres of footpaths, 9.80 kilometers walkway, one children's park, and 13 viewing decks.[7] There are sitting arrangements for pedestrians by the riverside. A lake flows through the heart of the project with a 16 km road surrounding it. During the dry season, the Hatirjheel lake can hold approximately 3.06 billion liters of water, and during the rainy season about 4.81 billion liters of water, making it the largest body of water inside the capital of Bangladesh.[8]


After completion, Hatirjheel is considered by many to be one of the most notable places in Dhaka, and hence, turned into one of the most favourite recreational places for the city dwellers and tourists. Since congested buildings permeate most of Dhaka, leaving few open places for people to feel the fresh air, Hatirjheel attracts the city dwellers with its abundant fresh air. Bus and water taxi services are available for transport within the area. At night, lights of different hues illuminate the entire Hatirjheel, especially on the bridges. The area has been decorated with flowering shrubs and trees. Numerous tourists and pedestrians visit the site every evening to enjoy the reflection of light and the fresh air.[9]

In the afternoon people, especially couples, visit Hatirjheel for recreational purposes. There are restaurants and venues for small-scale family picnics. Boat rides are also available for both recreational purposes and transportation. The area has an amphitheatre with a capacity to accommodate 2,000 visitors. There is a 120-meter long colourful musical fountain with a time-controlled sound wave and musical tracks, making it a tri-dimensional structure.[6]

Cafe, Hatirjheel Lake, Dhaka, Bangladesh


Hatirjheel musical dancing fountain, the first dancing water fountain in Bangladesh

The Hatirjheel-Begunbari project was inaugurated on January 2, 2013 by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at 11 am. The Hatirjheel project opened for the general use of people after the inauguration. On the occasion of the inauguration, Hatirjheel was decorated with multi-coloured flowers and flattering flags of different hues. In the evening of the inaugural day, the city dwellers viewed a spectacular display of fireworks in the vicinity of the project.



  1. ^ "Three flyovers to ease traffic jam in Hatirjheel project". Financial Express. Dhaka. Retrieved 2015-11-07.
  2. ^ "Hatirjheel to offer more entertainment facilities". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2015-11-07.
  3. ^ Latitude and Longitude of Hatirjheel
  4. ^ হাতিরঝিল প্রকল্প উদ্বোধন কাল [Hatirjheel project inauguration period]. bdnews24.com (in Bengali). Archived from the original on 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  5. ^ স্বপ্নের হাতিরঝিল স্থিতি আজ আজ উদ্বোধন. The Daily Ittefaq (in Bengali). 2013-01-02. Archived from the original on 2013-01-06.
  6. ^ a b "Musical fountain, amphitheatre at Hatirjheel". The Independent. Dhaka. UNB. 2017-04-14. Retrieved 2018-05-07.
  7. ^ "PM opens amphitheatre, musical dancing fountain at Hatirjheel". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 2018-05-07.
  8. ^ "Measurement of Water". Hatirjheel. Archived from the original on 2015-10-02. Retrieved 2015-11-07.
  9. ^ "Beautified Hatirjheel attracts visitors". The Daily Star. 2013-01-09. Retrieved 2016-08-20.

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Coordinates: 23°44′58.47″N 90°23′48.35″E / 23.7495750°N 90.3967639°E / 23.7495750; 90.3967639