The Jatrabari-Demra road in the capital will be turned into a four-lane highway to ease traffic movement to and from Chittagong and Sylhet.
A meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) held with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair approved a nearly Tk 369 crore (3.69 billion) project in this regard on Tuesday.Jatrabari-Demra-Shimrail-Narayanganj (Chashara) highway is an important regional road which is connected with Dhaka-Chattogram national highway (N-1) and Dhaka-Sylhet national highway (N-2).
The proposed segment -- from Jatrabari Mayor Hanif Flyover to Demra Sultana Kamal Bridge -- was a part of Dhaka-Chattogram highway. Vehicular movement on this road has increased manifolds after the construction of Kanchpur Bridge and the polder way.
The Jatrabari-Kanchpur segment is now an eight-lane road where huge traffic rush and gridlock is a common phenomenon as all vehicles to and from eastern and north-eastern zone use this part of the highway.
The Jatrabari-Demra road segment also sees a significant rise in vehicular movement because of toll system at Mayor Hanif flyover, according to Roads and Highways Division officials.
Traffic has become thick on the road also because of industries and commercial entities set up in the area. Vehicles coming from Sylhet have to use the 10km long and 7.3-metre wide Tarabo-Jatrabari road segment to avoid congestion on Kanchpur Bridge, they said.
“Under the circumstances, the project was placed in the ECNEC meeting and was approved,” Planning Minister MA Mannan said at a press briefing after the meeting.With the initiative, the government wants to ensure smooth plying of vehicles through minimising traffic congestion, introduce separate service lanes for the plying of engine and non-engine vehicles thus reducing accident tendency to a big extent, he said.
The Roads and Highways Department will implement the project by June 2020 with the entire fund coming from the government.
Under the proposed project, the road will be turned into four-lane with a width of 15.60 metres. Besides, there will be separate service lanes for the slow-moving vehicles.
The main project operations include acquisition of 0.0728-hectare land, 4.1633 lakh cubic metre earthworks, and construction of four-lane main carriageway, 6.645-kilometre service lane, eight underpasses, PC girder bridge, overbridge, and drains with footpath.
In total, yesterday’s meeting approved eight projects with a total estimated cost of Tk 1,893.22.
The entire fund will come from the state coffer, the minister said. No Industrial estate without ETP
At the Ecnec meeting, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has made it clear that from now on no proposal for setting any industrial estate will be approved without the provision of setting up Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP).
The Premier’s made the directive while giving her nod to the third revision proposal for ‘Expansion of Gopalganj BSCIC Industrial Estate’ project, meeting sources said.
Actually, the Tk 103 crore revision proposal kept no provision for ETP, which irked the Prime Minister.
Sources said the PM directed for taking immediate steps to include an ETP in the revised proposal. At the same time, she stressed on the modernisation of waste management in any industrial estate scheme.
The PM’s directives also include not filling up wetlands in any project, intensifying project work with maintaining quality and acquiring land at three times higher cost to encourage the landowners, the planning minister informed.