Vol. 5 Num 263 Tue. February 22, 2005  
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Submit consensus report on elevated expressway
Planning asks communications ministry

The Planning Commission has asked the Ministry of Communi-cations to submit a consensus report of the joint task force of Bangladesh and Thailand on the proposed 13 kilometre long elevated express highway in Dhaka city.

The consensus report is required before giving final approval to such a project involving two governments, the Planning Commission observed.

Meanwhile, the ministry of communications through the foreign ministry requested the Thai members in the task force to come to Dhaka for finalising the project plan, sources said.

"We expect the Thai members of the task force will come to Dhaka in the middle of next month for discussing the subject," said a high official, adding that they expect the project will get new momentum following Thaksin Shinawatra-led government's winning in the recent general election in Thailand.

Bangladesh and Thailand joint task force was formed following the decision to construct the 13 kilometre long expressway in Dhaka with Thai technical and financial assistance.

The decision was taken during Thai Premier Thaksin Shinawatra's visit to Bangladesh in August 2002. The matter was also discussed during Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's visit to Thailand last year.

The Thai embassy in Dhaka through a letter on October 31, 2003, informed the communications ministry that the Thai cabinet discussed the matter and is committed to provide all necessary assistance for implementing the project.

The Thai government sees the project as a symbol of friendship between two friendly nations, the letter read.

Out of Tk 1218 crore estimated cost of the project, the Thai Exim Bank will provide 60 per cent as loan while the Thai government will bear 20 per cent cost as technical support. Bangladesh government will provide the rest.

The proposed expressway will start from Gulistan and connect with the recently built Mohakhali flyover. It will have at least six exit points at Golapshah mazar, New Market, Sonargaon crossing, Rangs crossing and Kemal Ataturk Avenue.

The proposed expressway with provision for around 30,000 vehicles to ply on at a time will help to reduce the existing traffic congestion on roads.