After failing to meet more than half a dozen deadlines, the date for opening the Jatrabari-Gulistan flyover has once again been postponed till October.
State Minister for Local Government Jahangir Kabir Nanak yesterday said the Mayor Hanif Flyover will most likely be opened for traffic by the first week of October.
He said the 10km long flyover in the capital would help ease traffic congestion in Dhaka.
“The construction work of the Kutubkhali-Gulistan-Palashi portion will be completed soon and open for vehicular movement before Eid-ul-Azha,” he told journalists during a visit to the site.
The state minister said having considered the extent of public suffering in the area the flyover would open as soon as possible. He said the concerned authorities have been asked to finish construction work quickly.
Earlier, the concerned authorities had said part of the flyover would be inaugurated in September.
Nanak said traffic jams on the Airport Road had been reduced significantly with the opening of the Kuril Flyover.
In response to a query about installation of toll booths and how they may affect vehicular movement, the state minister said: “There is no scope for traffic congestion or any other problems.”
Toll plazas are to be installed using the latest technology, he added.
“A system to apply for and supply vehicles with weekly, monthly and yearly tokens will be in place,” he said.
Nanak directed authorities to remove all the establishments along road within a week.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated construction of the Mayor Hanif Flyover in June, 2010. At the time, the chairman of the investor company, Orion Group, Md Obaidul Karim said construction would be completed within two years.
At a meeting with the ministry, officials of the Orion Group assured the LGRD state minister construction of the flyover could be completed by July, 2012.
In April, 2012 Nanak said the flyover would be inaugurated on December 16, 2012.
Last year M Ashiqur Rahman, project director and superintendent engineer of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) said the flyover would be inaugurated on March 26, 2013, and in April this year he told the Dhaka Tribune that the flyover would be completed by June.
The minister was accompanied by various officials including Secretary of Local Government Division Abu Alam Mohammad Shahid Khan and Project Director M Ashiqur Rahman.