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4-lane Dhaka-Ctg Highway to miss deadline

Shahin Akhter

The 4-Lane Dhaka-Chittagong Highway Project will miss the December 2013 deadline as only 23.5 per cent works of the construction has been done so far, said the project officials.
The construction works began in January 2010 for enhancing the busy Dhaka-Chittagong highway in four lanes aiming at lessening the traffic congestions on the route.
The project director Ebne Alam Hasan, Roads and Highways additional chief engineer, told New Age on Thursday that the project was approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council in 2006 and it was revised in 2009.
He said that the implementation of the project began in January 2010 and 23.5 per cent physical works was done so far.
‘The financial progress of the project is 31 per cent,’ he said, adding that the project would not be completed by December 2013, the deadline.
The Roads and Highways Department is implementing the project that will widen the 192.3 kilometre highway to four lanes at an estimated cost of Tk 2,382 crore.
The project director said that land acquisition process had taken long time causing delay in the project implementation.
There were many schools, mosques, temples and graveyards on the highway, shifting of which had taken time, he said.
According to him, the earth-filling work has also been delayed and 83 per cent has so far been done due to crisis of earth besides the highway.
He also mentioned that 221 culverts, 22 bridges and three flyovers would be constructed under the project.
Construction work of above 200 culverts has been completed and construction work of the bridges and flyovers are going on, he added.
He also blamed the crisis of bitumen for the delay in the project implementation.
The communications minister, Obaidul Qader, on December 5 said that 73 kilometre stretch of the 4-lane highway would be visible by April 2013.
A total of 192.3 kilometre of the Dhaka-Chittagong highway between Daudkandi toll plaza and Chittagong Gate will be widened to 4-lane.

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