Chattogram is the second largest city and commercial capital of the country. It also accommodates a significant number of light, medium and heavy industries creating employment opportunities for a large number of people. Besides, a large number of people migrate to the city every year from rural areas in search of jobs.
Of late, traffic congestion has become a common phenomenon in the city and the problem is worsening day-by-day. This hampers a lot of port, industrial and other activities posing a threat to the country’s economy. In an effort to ease the perennial traffic mess in the port city, the government took up an initiative to construct a 16.5km elevated expressway from Lalkhan Bazar to Shah Amanat Airport back in 2018. At that time, the relevant officials described the expressway as an essential infrastructure project that will spur modernisation. Accordingly, its construction work started in January of the same year. Since then 45 per cent work of the mega project was completed. But, at a certain stage, the port authorities, the city corporation and the traffic department of Chattogram Metropolitan Police jointly raised objections to the project work, resulting in its delay. As there should be no bottleneck for the interest of the national economy, an urgent meeting was convened among the stakeholders on Monday where all complexities centering the project were resolved. The project work will now get a fresh pace soon.Earlier, the project deadline was extended until June 2022 from June 2021 and one more year would be needed to get the entire work done. The Tk 3,250.84 crore project is likely to be completed by June 2023. The Chattogram Development Authority initiated the project to ease traffic flows in and out of the country’s main commercial hub. It will simultaneously develop smooth communications between the port city and south Chattogram districts and upazilas, reducing distance and expense for commuters in the country’s second largest city.