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PM to open 100 bridges today

Published : 06 Nov 2022 10:38 PM | Updated : 07 Nov 2022 02:05 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate 100 newly constructed bridges today. The event comes at a time when road transportation in the past few months have seen a new dimension with many mega projects either already opened or waiting.

The Bangabandhu Tunnel, Metro Rail, Bus Rapid Transit (partial), many bridges are about to be opened gradually for vehicular movement. 

With this the government is all set to celebrate the completion of the construction work of the south side tube of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman tunnel constructing under the Karnaphuli River. Prime Minister will be connected virtually at the celebration.  

Meanwhile, the overall progress of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project is about 80 percent. The BRT project will be inaugurated between May and the first week of June next year.

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said these things while inaugurating Dhaka-bound road and flyover under the BRT project on Sunday.

Obaidul Quader said, “About 2.3 km long 10-lane flyover and two Dhaka-bound lanes have been opened for traffic. Hopefully, this will reduce the suffering of people to some extent.”

4.5 kilometers of the 20.5 km long BRT project road will have flyover. The remaining 16 km BRT road is being constructed at ground level. There is a 175 meter long 10 lane Tongi bridge in between.

Bangladesh Bridge Authority is constructing bridges and flyovers. 

The views of Dhaka Metropolitan Police and Gazipur Metropolitan Police were taken to open the two lanes of the flyover and the bridge for traffic. The police of the two metropolises will control the traffic system.

The work of removing the old bridge on the Dhaka side of Tongi Bridge and constructing a new bridge will begin there. Tongi-bound vehicles from Dhaka will have to use the old bridge.

The BRT project got government approval in 2012. In this system, only specialized buses will run in two lanes between the roads.