Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said the government has taken an initiative to construct subway to ease traffic congestion in Dhaka.
Quader, also the Awami League general secretary, gave the information while addressing a seminar on the occasion of the feasibility study on constructing subway at a hotel in the capital. He joined the programme virtually from his official residence on parliament premise. The minister hoped that some four million people will travel by subway.“So, the city will be freed from traffic congestion,” he said.
Pointing finger at project officials, Quader said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has carried out huge development activities for the welfare of the people.
“So, all have to work for public interest to reduce public sufferings. Coordination has to be enhanced to implement all similar projects by maintaining the quality of work and construction work must be completed on time,” he said.
“Failure to do so may increase project costs and put pressure on the government’s financial management. Before taking any project, it is essential to check the necessity and effectiveness,” he added.
Earlier, the government has appointed TYPSA of Spain, PADECO of Japan, BCL associates, KSC and BETS as consultants of the feasibility study for the construction of subway in the Dhaka city.
According to the agreement, the consultants were given the responsibilities of preparing the preliminary design for the construction of 90km subway with feasibility study for the construction of 238km subway.The consultancy firms have submitted a full network proposal for the construction of 258km subway on March 15, 2021 after conducting various surveys and model studies.
Talking about much-hyped Padma Multipurpose Bridges, Quader said after installation of 41 spans, setting up slab is going on.
“Overall 84.50 percent work has been completed with some 92.50 percent work of the main bridge and 80 percent of river training works,” he said.
The bridge will be opened for traffic by June next year, he said.