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Dhaka Tribune

Elevated expressway work to begin after 3 missed deadlines

Update : 31 Mar 2015, 07:29 PM

The proposed Dhaka elevated expressway have been facing uncertainties centring acquisition of a land in Kuril but the authority said the issue is in the process of being resolved.

The work for building the first phase of the expressway from the airport to Banani in the capital could not be started because of a complication in acquiring a 1.4 acre land in Kuril. At least six multi-storied buildings stand on that land and the owners had filed a petition with the High Court.

According to Bangladesh Bridge Authority sources a mutual understanding was reached with the stakeholders with the help of Bangladesh Army regarding land acquisition for the first phase of the project.

Sources said the owners of the buildings have agreed to the government proposal for resettlement.

Today (Wednesday) Bridge division have arranged a workshop with the stakeholders of the land to finalise the resettlement action plan. Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quder will preside over the meeting.

Asked about the construction start date, the Bridge division Secretary Khandaker Anowarul Islam said: “We are going to start the construction work immediately and we hope it will be complete by 2018.”

The elevated expressway project have already missed three deadlines in starting construction. In December last year the construction company Ital-Thai opposed to start work unless they had final confirmation about land acquisition. Earlier, the construction work was delayed for fund crisis.

In January 2011, the government signed an agreement with Bangkok-based Ital-Thai to build the four-lane expressway at a cost of Tk8,703 crore under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) scheme. After continuous fund crisis, last year the Ital-Thai Development Corporation Limited entered into a $1.062bn contract with China Railway Construction Corporation to build the Dhaka elevated expressway.

The proposed expressway starts at the Shahjalal International Airport and runs alongside the New Airport Road via Mohakhali, Tejgaon and Moghbazar to Kamalapur Railway Station and connects with the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway near Kutubkhali via Golapbagh and Jatrabari. 

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