I really love the term "Sustainable Development", I think it's the best way to fight against the issues which become the thread of existence of humankind in this twenty-first century. The term is well adapted by the Western countries, but for the people of countries like Bangladesh, India and Pakistan it’s fairly a new term and yet to realize its importance for the development of the nation. I am sure that many of us familiar with the term, though my intention is not to explain it in a traditional way. I would like to share my feeling about the importance of Sustainability based on my experience.
Let's start with a story. When I was a child, Govt. had started to build an over bridge across the highway neighboring my house. Six months after finishing the construction work of the over bridge they had suddenly started to break it down, at that time I was amazed by the fact that why they just broke down a newly constructed over bridge. A few days later I learned that Govt. had planned to build a new flyover on the highway, as the existing over bridge was placed in the way of the Flyover, they had nothing to do except demolishing the Over bridge. It seems really foolish to me to change a decision within such a short time.
Actually, most of the decisions or planning taken by Govt. is not backed by the knowledge of sustainability. For example, If someone has a huge land he might think it will be better to build a large house for leaving, he didn't consider how he might use the land on the other way, he just gives preference to his present necessity. But, after a few years when he feels the scarcity of fresh food, he might think it would be better if he had left some land for cultivating fresh vegetables. Undoubtedly, the development was not sustainable.
Whenever we do some planning, we must have to consider what will be the impact of specific development after a hundred years; did it really comply with the master plan of the country? I am fairly sure the Western Countries are pretty much concern with the idea, that’s why their development process is so smooth. It’s time for the people of developing and underdevelopment country to realize the importance of "Sustainable Development"