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BRT Project in Gazipur

People’s sufferings to go after this monsoon, hopes Quader

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 4 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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People’s sufferings to go after this monsoon, hopes Quader

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Friday hoped that sufferings on the road due to BRT project would come to an end after this monsoon.

“Though the people are suffering a lot during the monsoon, I hope they will not have to suffer in the next monsoon. Vehicles will run on this way smoothly in the next year,” he said.

Quader, also the Awami League general secretary, said this while talking to reporters after making a visit to the ongoing works of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project at Tongi in the Gazipur.

The minister came up with remark as people of Gazipur, Mymensingh and other districts of the northern part of the country have been suffering from traffic congestion since the BRT project started in 2012 on the Dhaka-Gazipur highway.

The project was supposed to end in 2016 but the gridlock on the highway now seems unending as the under-construction BRT project is running five years behind the schedule.

The senior minister said the ongoing construction work of the BRT project from Gazipur to Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka is causing huge sufferings for people of Gazipur and northern districts as well.

The drainage system on either sides of the road remains in very bad condition which is coupling the public sufferings this monsoon, he said.

The AL spokesperson hoped BRT project would be opened in the next year along with much-anticipated mega projects --Padma Multipurpose Bridge, metro-rail and Karnaphuli tunnel.   

“I hope it will be possible for the Prime Minister to inaugurate the BRT project in December next year along with much-anticipated major mega projects--Padma Bridge, metro-rail and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tunnel beneath the bed of Karnaphuli River in Chattogram. We are waiting for that,” he said.

The minister said the BRT project progress stood at 63.27 percent, he added.