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DNCC halts BRT project work

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  • 17 August, 2022 12:00 AM
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DNCC halts BRT project work

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Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) on Tuesday suspended the construction work of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project temporarily after the box girder collapse incident left five people killed and two others injured on Monday.

DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam gave the order for suspending the project work during a visit to the spot in Uttara. He said there were no safety measures in the project area.

 “There were not even the minimum safety measures for operating the project work. That is why accidents are taking place time and time again. It is creating public suffering. The developmental work cannot go on in such a way,” the mayor said.

 “Not only the BRT project but also all the development projects in the DNCC area will also remain halted temporarily.”

The work would resume after a meeting of the project directors with the DNCC on Thursday. All the project directors were asked to come to the DNCC headquarters on Thursday, said the mayor.

The work of the projects would resume if the safety measures are ensured, Atiq said, adding that the safety of the city dwellers was a must.

Around 4:20 pm on Monday, a box girder of the BRT project fell on a private car at Uttara in the capital. Five persons, including two children, of two families, were killed after being crushed under the girder while a newly married couple have barely escaped but sustained injuries.

The Tk 42.68 billion project was taken up to build a 20.50km dedicated bus service road from Dhaka airport to Gazipur.

The project was originally supposed to be completed by December 2016. The latest deadline expired in June this year, but the project made only 78 percent progress at the time. Officials have proposed extending the deadline to December next year.