PM opens Mayor Hannif Flyover today
Three ramps yet to be completedStaff Correspondent
The much talked about Gulistan-Jatrabari Flyover is set to be opened to traffic by prime minister Sheikh Hasina this afternoon two months ahead of its completion on the seventh extended deadline.
The flyover, officially named after the late mayor of Dhaka, Mohammad Hanif, could not be opened to traffic on December 16, 2012, as scheduled due the failure of the contractors, the Orion Group, to complete it on time.
The delay led to cost escalation from Tk 570 crore as estimated in 2005 to Tk 2,053 crore until now.
Dhaka South City Corporation officials said that Mayor Hainf Flyover was now expected to completed by mid December.
Orion Group took a deliberate delaying tactics to complete the flyover, on BOOT basis, as the build, operate, own and transfer contract is popularly known, said officials.
Intense lobbying by the Orion Group led the government to agree to enhance the construction cost at least thrice.
DSCC administrator Mohammad Nazmul Islam told New Age on Wednesday that the PM would visit the flyover after opening it to traffic from the Nagar Bhaban.
The PM would take a drive from Gulistan to Kutubkhali end of the flyover over and return to the city the same way, he said
The flyover will be opened to common users from Saturday, he said.
The Orion Group would operate the flyover and collect tolls from the users for the first 24 years, said the city corporation administrator.
Orion won construction contract in 2005.
Over the past one year, the government set at least half a dozen abortive deadlines to open the fly-over to traffic.
Repeated failure of the contractors to complete the flyover on time led to the delays and the consequent cost overrun.
Over 26,000 incoming and outgoing vehicles use the Jatrabari Road leading to the capital city, he said quoting a recent survey conducted by DSCC.
At least 80 per cent of the vehicles would use the fly-over, he said.
A senior Orion Group official said that the work was continuing to complete three out of 11 landing ramps by mid-December.
Failure to complete the flyover forced the local government division to postpone its opening to traffic on March 26 and December 16 of 2012.
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