Why choose Banani?
It was said that initially, after the augmentations made to Dhaka during the 1950’s, Banani was designated as a residential area for middle-class families. However, it has now transformed itself into an upscale area which has become a long-standing favorite location for both residential and commercial use. It has a high standard of living because of the amenity-rich neighborhood and employee-centric area. Hence the corporate culture of Banani is at its peak and it is also seen that supporting organizations for corporate offices such as banks, NGOs, mosques, etc. are growing in numbers too.
Moreover, the thing that makes travelling to Banani convenient is the fact that it is easily accessible from multiple directions thus making it perfect for students as well as the office-going crowd to alternate their routes as deemed fit for them. Freshly graduate students will find Banani to be a buzzing hub for networking as growing startups and also temporary office spaces are available at a cheap rent. Standard size apartments for students with facilities are readily available for students and their families too.
The good side: Benefits and advantages of Banani
One of the main attractions that makes travelling to Banani within a short amount of time even more achievable is the Banani-Mirpur flyover which connects and eases worries for a huge swarm of working-class people. The well- developed infrastructure appeals to a greater portion of people in Dhaka city and beyond, they are captivated by all the popular eateries and dining outlets which provides all kinds of delicacies thinkable - be it Oriental, Mexican, Indian or fast food. Some notable fast-food chains that can be mentioned are KFC, BFC, Chillox, ChaTime, Madchef, Takeout, Herfy, Pizza Hut and many more.
People today are also more fashion conscious than ever before. Shopping malls and prestigious local and international brand shops such as Yellow, Aarong, Shwapno, Là Mode, etc. have branches in Banani. This saves the trouble of going to distant places to find decent fashionable items within one’s reach. Banani supermarket is also a handy option for quicker access and all local things are a bit cheaper there. There is a solution for every lifestyle choice at Banani, if someone is bored then there are recreation hubs which offer a variety of games that both children and adults can enjoy and bond over family time too. Reputed educational institutes in Banani makes it effortless for working parents to just drop their kids to school before office time. Some names of these prestigious institutes are: Banani Bidyaniketan School & College, South Point School & College, Onnesha International School & College, Blossom International School, Play Pen, International University of Scholars, Primeasia University, Southeast University, Dhaka international university (DIU), Darul Ihsan University, etc. Most of these institutions offer a great deal of indoor facilities like: dining services accomplished with a cafeteria, library with a lot of books related to all subjects, indoor gym and games area with recreational activities for stimulated physicality of students to keep them healthy and motivated. Other services offered include student support and counseling center, financial aid for all types of students and Open space and natural surroundings have always been a top factor that residents look for before settling in at a place. Keeping that in mind, Baisakhi Park, near Banani Police Station and Banani lake inside Banani Model Town has been established with the intent that people residing around can visit if they want a little greenery, peace and soothing environment. In addition to that, the Banani SWAT FC Field is a popular place for organized football matches as well as casual play. It hosts several football matches every day and is fitted with resources to hold matches after dark. Teens and adults alike are seen to be benefitted by this as it makes things easier for them when they want to spend some time doing fun physical activities.
Banani is one of the few floods resistant areas in Dhaka, hence making it a safe option during the sudden heavy downpours at any given time of the year. It has also almost never experienced water shortage unlike some other residential areas located in Dhaka and the uninterrupted water supply system makes Banani a very compatible and comfortable area to inhabit during this busy and hectic everyday life.
Students who are searching for public transport, one of the options available is Dhaka Chaka which is an air-conditioned bus and coach company which travels within the diplomatic zones in Dhaka City. At the moment, this company is offering their services in two routes – Route 1 travels from Tejgaon- Gulshan link road (Navana mor) – Gulshan shooting club – Gulshan 1 – Gulshan 2, then there is route 2 which covers Banani Kakoli – Banani Bazar – Gulshan 2 – Baridhara New Bazar (Notun Bazar) and back respectively. Dhaka Chaka is also Wi-Fi enabled and accessible for all passengers, this makes the rides even more desirable for both students and office workers in the area.
Next, there is Banani South Bus Stoppage which is located at the Dhaka - Mymensingh Highway and it is a good option for people looking for local buses to go to almost anywhere else in Dhaka City. However, passengers travelling from that bus stoppage may face some difficulties as there is no waiting area or covered place to either save them from the scorching heat or protect them from other natural calamities such as storm or rain. It has only one public toilet for both the genders, therefore people may have to face difficulties there. It is also a really crowded place, especially after office hours. Traffic jam can be found starting from late afternoon as such that buses are so packed it is hard to get in the bus except for someone who is used to travel by that route. One should be careful to get in or out of the bus because of the traffic running on the road.
The growing educational institutions:
Presently, as there are a lot of educational institutions in Banani, it is noticed that there is a demand for student consultancy firm even though some colleges and universities offer similar type of student counseling. Some students do not feel comfortable in discussing about matters like career consultation and life advice directly to their institutions and hence they look for help regarding these matters outside. Some students are also looking for someone to support them in future decision making, be it at a professional or personal level. In addition to these, many students are looking into going to foreign countries for further studies and that process can be a long one. It can also be seen an unanticipated request for home tutors is coming from Banani itself and this is a great opportunity for university or college students residing in and around Banani to get some easy money. This is attainable because Banani ensures a safe environment and security for all is assured. Furthermore, Banani DOHS is controlled by the Bangladesh Army as it falls under the jurisdiction of the Cantonment Board. The area is always been patrolled by several guards and the playground inside is always available for everyone to visit and enjoy some family time together.
Safe and sound neighborhood:
As more and more families and individuals are settling down in Banani, there are new apartments with facilities such as modern fire protection system, CCTV, lifts, smooth sliding fly-proof net in all aluminum sections, AC point in all rooms & kitchen, shower area with glass enclosure in all bathrooms, water purification plant, Earthquake resistant feature and many more so that people feel at utmost ease and find luxury too. The well-maintained tight security 24/7 is also one of the contributing factors as to why a lot of people want to live in Banani.
Job opportunities for students:
Since a lot of well-known organizations and companies are already established in Banani, there is a surge in renting of studio plus office spaces and many students are looking for flat mates too. If someone is searching for likeminded people, they might just be lucky to find someone from the same institution even. With a lot of students residing in Banani it is observed that student internships are in demand. Many universities offer part time job at the university to some students and various fast-food chains or shopping outlets are constantly hiring new employees too. Therefore, there is a lot of options that a student can choose from. The many attractions that Banani offers has kept it among some of the top places that a person in Dhaka wants to reside in and take full advantage of.
All in all, Dhaka has seen incredible growth both in infrastructure and standard of living, and Banani has been one of the areas that has contributed to both of them. The fact that Banani is well-maintained with a lot of additional factors such as personal safety, open space, hassle-free transportation services, lively neighborhood, etc. makes it beneficial for living and is a huge advantage both for students and families alike. All things considered, it can be said that the thriving student life at Banani is gradually flourishing and new people are always welcomed here.
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