KOICA to help Bangladesh improve road safety | 2019-01-16

KOICA to help Bangladesh improve road safety

US$ 8.93m grant to develop master plan for ITS, execute pilot project

Staff Correspondent

16 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) will help Bangladesh for enhancing road safety and improving reliability by introducing Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) to reducing traffic congestion in the national highway.

KOICA will provide USD 8.93 million grant aid to develop the master plan for ITS and execute a pilot project.

In response to Bangladesh government’s request a KOICA pre-survey Mission from Korea visited Bangladesh from January 6 to 15 for the proposed project proposal for “Improvement of the Reliability and Safety in National Highway Corridors of Bangladesh by Introduction of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)”.

The team had a series of discussions with all the relevant stakeholders including Bangladesh Roads Transport and Highway Division (RTHD), Roads and Highway Division (RHD), Highway Police, BRTC, City Corporation and other development partners.

The team also visited the Dhaka-Chattogram highways (N1) by road to see the current highway road condition.

After the long field survey, one Meeting Minutes has been signed on Tuesday at the Ministry of Roads Transport and Bridges between RTHD and KOICA.

The Country Director of KOICA Bangladesh Office Joe Hyun-Gue and the Secretary of RTHD Nazrul Islam have signed the Meeting Minutes on behalf of their organizations.

According to the minutes, KOICA would provide USD 8.93 million grant aid to develop the Master Plan for ITS and execute a pilot project which would cover the Incident Management System: CCTVs, Traffic Information System: VDS, VMS, Traffic Enforcement System: Speed enforcement system, Communication: Fibre optic, Traffic Management Centre: wall screen, servers and communication equipment, and strengthen the capacity of Bangladeshi officers.

The Secretary of RTHD Nazrul Islam expressed his gratitude to the KOICA for this new intervention in the transportation system in Bangladesh.

He hoped that this project will create a symbol of long friendship between Korea and Bangladesh.

The Country Director of KOICA Bangladesh Office Joe Hyun-Gue hoped that this project will support the Bangladesh Government to reduce road accident and control the highway transport movement.


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