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Mayor Hanif Flyover to contribute largely to national economy

Mayor-Hanif-FlyoverDhaka, 23 September, Abnews : Mayor Hanif flyover, hitherto the largest road infrastructure in Bangladesh, is expected to contribute largely to the national economy with improving faster road connectivity, linking as many as 30 districts up to greater Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar. Several flyovers already built in the capital city are turning Dhaka into a modern and developed city through beautification and removing traffic congestion to a greater relief of the dwellers as well as those visiting the metropolis everyday.

Originally named as Jatrabarhi-Gulistan flyover, it will be opened soon for traffic as its construction has been completed, thus to add a historical chapter in the country’s communication sector. The flyover, depicting the most modern architectural design, is set to infuse more dynamism into the traffic movement, easing jam in the city and also carrying passengers and goods on time to places in all southeastern districts.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to open the flyover, the construction of which she inaugurated in June, 2010 saying, the first Public Private Partnership (PPP) project and largest ever flyover would create greater positive impact on the Export- Import business to further benefit the country’s economy.

Having a four-lane carriageway, the flyover stretches from Dhaka-Chittagong highway to Palashi via Gulistan and Kaptan Bazar to ease unbearable traffic congestions in the south and the southeastern parts of the capital city. The official deadline for opening the main flyover was June this year but it was delayed due to the presence of underground and overhead cable lines of utility services along the project’spathway, officials said.

Now a reality, Mayor Hanif Flyover has long been a dream of all people, who have suffered a lot while traveling and carrying goods to south and southeastern districts for years. The two-lane Dhaka-Chittagong highway, now being turned into a four-lane divided carriageway, will further improve the movement of traffic in both the directions, establish faster road connectivity with all districts up to Cox’s Bazar.

The last segments were mounted on September 13 with the construction of 315 pillars of the 10-kilometre flyover. The 5.5- kilometre main flyover stretches from Dhaka-Chittagong highway to Nimtoli through Jatrabari, Sayedabad, Kaptanbazar and Gulistan. Though the total length of the flyover was estimated at 11 kilometers, including its extended segment at Palashi, it would now terminate at Nimtali. Of the eleven climbing and landing ramps, two at the Gulistan end would be ready for traffic by the time the flyover opens.

The flyover, named after former Dhaka city mayor Mohammad Hanif, is expected to make the road connectivity between 32 southeastern districts and the capital faster. It would also help ease the perennial traffic gridlock in Saydabad, Jatrabari, Tikatuli, Gulistan and Fulbaria areas. The Taka 2,300 crore project, country’s first ever Public Private Partnership scheme, was constructed on a Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) basis. The concessionaire is to hand it over to the government after 24 years of concession period, officials said.



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