The Gulistan-Jartabari flyover is likely to miss for the fourth time its completion deadline on September 22, despite deadline extensions several times before.
Banglanews quoted authorities concerned as saying that construction of the overpass continues at a slow pace. There is no progress in construction, despite failure to meet the deadline thrice, they added.
Seeking anonymity, an official said it seems impossible to wrap the work in a month, but political pressure from high-ups have led to round-the-clock work for completing the project.
He added, “We have been telling everyone that only five to ten percent construction remains unfinished and can be completed before the deadline, but it seems quite impossible to meet the challenge.”
However, a section of superintendent officers expressed hopes that the flyover can be completed by September as the government has provided more manpower and technologies.
On the other hand, another superintendent engineer requesting anonymity said, “We do not have enough time. We have been working round the clock as the Prime Minister is supposed to visit the site to observe the progress in the construction work.”
Construction of road, drainage and canopy is going on, he added.
Some officials cited “political instability like hartal and blockade” as the reason behind the delay.
The Tk2.3bn flyover the country’s first-ever Public Private Partnership scheme is named after former Mayor of Dhaka Mohammad Hanif. Orion Group which was awarded the construction contract in 2005 will collect public toll and transfer the money to Dhaka City Corporation.
Earlier in 2010, the Prime Minister inaugurated the construction of the flyover which would help connect Dhaka-Chittagong, Dhaka-Maowa, Dhaka-Demra highways and different link roads of Jatrabari and Gulistan areas.
The first flyover completion deadline was in December last year, which was pushed to March 26 and later to June 30.
The delays in the flyover construction have hit residents and commuters in the area with nagging traffic jam.