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Bahaddarhat Flyover

Crack develops on pillar of ramp, traffic suspended

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 27 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Crack develops on pillar of ramp, traffic suspended
A crack develops on a pillar of a ramp of MA Mannan Flyover in Chattogram city, causing suspension of traffic. The photo was taken on Tuesday. — Rabin chowdhury

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CHATTOGRAM: A crack developed on a pillar of a ramp of MA Mannan Flyover, widely known as Bahaddarhat flyover, in the port city, forcing the authorities concerned to suspend traffic on the ramp on Monday night.

Movement of heavy vehicles on the ramp constructed for light vehicles has caused the crack, sources said, adding that the crack is repairable.

The crack in a pillar of the Kalurghat-bound ramp came to notice around 10:00pm on Monday, they added.

Traffic on the ramp was suspended and floating shops under the ramp were also removed to avert any accident.

Although there was a proposal for constructing a loop with the flyover during feasibility study, it was opened to traffic without the loop in 2013.

The ramp was constructed for light vehicles after four years.

MA Mannan Flyover Project Director Mahfuzur Rahman said there was a height barrier after construction of the ramp to bar movement of the heavy vehicles.

Work of Wasa was going on while the ramp was handed over to the Chattogram City Corporation (CCC).

The height barrier was removed at that time to allow heavy vehicles with heavy loads, he said.

The crack was developed on upper portion of a pillar and it is repairable, the engineer said.

However, CDA engineers were investigating the crack at the spot. It also might not be crack as noticed from the outside. It can be confirmed after completion of the investigation, said Mahfuzur.

As the CCC maintains the flyover, repair works will be carried out after coordinating with them and it will be opened to traffic as early as possible, he added.

The engineer also informed that the ramp was not constructed with the fund from the CDA and the then CDA Chairman Abdus Salam constructed it creating donation.

CCC Chief Engineer Rafiqul Islam Manik said they would place a height barrier at the ramp to obstruct movement of the heavy vehicles.

CCC Mayor M Rezaul Karim Chowdhury also visited the spot and said they would take immediate measures through the CDA for restoration of the traffic on the ramp.

Mentionable, the CDA constructed the 1.33-kilometre flyover to connect Chandgaon area and Bahoddarhat at a cost of Tk 106 crore from its own fund.

Construction work of the flyover started in December 2010.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated it on October 12 in 2013.

At least 14 people were also killed and several injured in a tragic girder crash during construction of the flyover on November 24 in 2012.