Vol. 4 Num 36 Wed. July 02, 2003  
Star City

Bid over for flyover

Five construction firms have shown an interest in building the Jatrabari-Gulistan Flyover, said DCC sources, following the opening of the tender box on Monday June 30.

At least 30 districts of Chittagong and Sylhet divisions will be immensely benefited once the flyover is constructed.

The decision to construct a flyover from Jatrabari to Gulistan, to ease traffic snarl-ups on this route, was settled in April at a meeting presided over by the Prime Minister. Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) invited international tenders on April 26 this year.

"The DCC has estimated that Tk 500 crore may be needed to construct this flyover. Its construction is likely to start October this year if everything goes according to our plan," said a source at the DCC.

The Dhaka Urban Transport Project Department of the DCC hoped that the Jatrabari-Gulistan flyover would be completed within three years from the start of constr- uction.

Initially, Development Construction Ltd, a local contractor responsible for the under-construction Khilgaon flyover, was the only firm to show an interest in the new flyover. But two Malaysian firms Menuju Asas Bhd and Projalma Construction Bhd have also participated in the bidding. The other participants are joint ventures one is Cord-Percon-JV (Malaysia-Singapore) and the other is Belhasa-Accom-JV (India-UAE).

A committee, comprising the Dhaka Transport Co-ordination Board, DCC, Local Government and Engineering Department, Institute of Architects Bangladesh, Institution of Engineers and international experts, will scrutinise the bids, after which the successful contractor will be invited to come up with a detailed proposal.

In 1996, the Roads and Highways Department (RHD) undertook a project to construct a Jatrabari-Gulistan flyover with financing from the World Bank (WB). But in 2002, the WB cancelled the project and withdrew the money complaining of the RHD's inefficiency in starting the construction on time.