Published: Sunday, December 15, 2013

Elevated expressway work to begin in Feb: Obaidul

Communications Minister Obaidul Quader. Star file photo

Communications Minister Obaidul Quader. Star file photo

Construction work of Tk 8,940 crore Dhaka Elevated Expressway (DEE) is going to start in February, Communications Minister Obaidul Quader said today. 

The government and Thailand-based contractor Ital-Thai Development Public Company Ltd signed the “revised concession deal” this morning to build the DEE under public-private partnership.

Bangladesh Bridges Authority in January 2011 had entered into a concession agreement with the Ital-Thai to build the DEE.

The scheme was delayed due to repeated modification in its route.

Khandaker Anwarul Islam, secretary of Bridges Division, and Premchai Karnasuta, president of Ital-Thai, have inked the deal at the Bridges Division where Obaidul was also present among others.

Main part of the DEE would be 20km long while the ramp would be 27km. Starting from February next year, the three phase project will take three and a half years to complete, according to the deal.

As per the revised final route of the expressway, it will commence at Shahjalal International Airport and pass by Kuril, Banani, Mohakhali, Tejgaon, Moghbazar, Khilgaon, Kamalapur, Sayedabad, Jatrabari and Kutubkhali on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway.

Earlier, estimated cost for the DEE was Tk 8,703 crore, which is increased now due to inflation and changed in design, the minister said.

  • deep purple blue

    why is this minister talking about development projects in the middle of an election campaign? why is the EC looking the other way?