Vol. 5 Num 380 Wed. June 22, 2005  
Star City

Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover to ease traffic congestion
Speakers say at agreement signing ceremony

The proposed 7.5km Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover will not only ease traffic congestion in the area but improve communication network with the eastern districts as well, speakers at the agreement signing ceremony of the flyover at Nagar Bhaban commented yesterday.

An agreement was signed between Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) and Belhasa-Accom and Associates Ltd, a UAE-Canada-India joint venture for the construction of country's longest flyover stretching from Shanir Akhra to Gulistan at the cost of Tk 706 crore that will start in July.

"Dhaka's communication network with Comilla, Chittagong, Sylhet, Noakhali and Chandpur will improve when the flyover will be opened to traffic," said DCC Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka who signed the contract for DCC with M Obaidul Karim, chairman, Belhasa- Accom.

This will be the third flyover in the country and also the first under private investment.

Bangladeshi Orion, UAE's Belhasa and Indian Accom will complete the project within 30 to 36 months alternately connecting Jatrabari with Gulistan on Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) basis. The preliminary work for the flyover has already started.

"The survey for constructing the flyover started a week back by an Indian and Canadian team. We will also conduct soil test under the supervision of BUET and the foundation work will start in July," Belhasa-Accom's chairman told Star City.

Present at the agreement signing ceremony were Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, Housing and Public Works Minister Mirza Abbas and State Minister for Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Quamrul Islam.

One of the speakers said that the flyover would be constructed at one of the densely congested areas in the city. The flyover would not only reduce traffic congestion but also allow the government to generate economic benefits, the speaker added.

The flyover will have 13 ramps and six entrances with four lanes on either side. Starting from the junction of Nawabpur and Shaheed Fazle Rabbi Road, the alignment follows Shaheed Fazle Rabbi Road keeping Gulistan garden, Bangabhaban and Rajdhani market on the left to intersect with the Hatkhola Road at Tikatuli.

"The 13 ramps will be provided at various locations for smooth flow of traffic as they will be inter-connected. Among those, six ramps will be allocated for entry into the flyover at six different locations," said Project Director Ashiqur Rahman.

The flyover is will be a paid ride for city commuters. To ply along the flyover, a motorcycle will have to pay Tk 5, CNG-run autorickshaw Tk 10, car Tk 35, jeep Tk 40, microbus Tk 50, minibus Tk 100 and trailer Tk 200.

As per the agreement, the toll rates for the vehicles will be revised every three years, according to the change in the inflation rate. The contractor of the flyover will own and operate the flyover for 24 years and thereon the DCC will take control. The DCC will get five percent of the profit from the flyover income without any financial investment.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on March 19 approved the Jatrabari flyover project which had been tabled by the DCC and the local government ministry to the cabinet committee more than two years ago.

The model of the flyover