It will cost the government Tk12,000 crore to upgrade the national highway
The government has signed an agreement with a Chinese firm to upgrade 190 kilometres of road from Elenga to Rangpur to a four-lane highway via Hatikumrul, under the South Asia Sub-regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Road Connectivity Project-II, to ease road communication between the capital and the northern districts.
The agreement was signed at a city hotel on Thursday, reports BSS.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said: “The government will upgrade the 190km Elenga-Hatikumrul-Rangpur national highway at a cost of Tk12,000 crore,”
He said: “Initially, the Road and Highways Department has signed a contract with Chinese firm Hego and local company Mir Akter Hossain Limited to upgrade 20km from the west side of Bangabandhu Bridge to Hatikumrul in Sirajganj district within 36 months at a cost of Tk675 crore.”
The minister further said: “Asian Development Bank (ADB) has financed the 190km national highway to four-lane under the road connectivity project (SASEC).”
Chief Engineer of Roads and Highways Department Ebne Alam Hasan, Leu Xyao Meyo of Chinese firm Hego, and a Mir Akter Hossain Limited representative signed the deal on behalf of their respective organizations.
According to the deal, the construction firm will build seven bridges, 17 culverts, one flyover, five underpasses and 12 bus bays.
Road Transport and Highways Division Secretary M Nazrul Islam, ADB Country Director Manmohan Parkash, Project Director Kazi Shahriar Hossain and officials concerned were present at the program, among others.
Earlier, the government adopted a multipurpose plan to upgrade 1,752 km of highways to four lanes, along with constructing road dividers and two-lane service roads on both sides of the highways for low speed vehicles to avoid accidents.