The communication ordeal between Narayanganj and Munshiganj is expected to come to a close as the government has approved a plan to widen the existing connectivity and construct another two-storey expressway from Panchabati to Muktarpur Bridge.
The project — titled “Widening the Road and Construction of Two-storey road from Panchabati to Muktarpur Bridge” — will be implemented in Narayanganj Sadar and Munshiganj Sadar upazilas at a cost of Tk 2,227.8 crore by June 2025.
If the expressway is constructed, the travel cost will come down by 62 per cent, while the waiting time by 74 per cent, said Md Mamun-Al-Rashid, member of the Planning Commission, at a press briefing after the weekly meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec), where the project was approved.
“The average speed of traffic will go up four-five times,” he added.
The main project operations include acquisition and rehabilitation of 44.5 acres of land, excavation and earth-filling of 701,114 cubic metres, pavement and related works of 10.75 km, construction of 14.79-km median and construction of 9.06-km expressway with ramp.
Three other projects were approved at the weekly Ecnec meeting, which was chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
One of the projects pertains to improvement of roads, drainage networks and amenities services of Mymensingh City Corporation involving Tk 1,575.1 crore.
The Mymensingh City Corporation will implement the project by June 2024.
The main project operations include construction of 475-km roads, 346-km drains and 17-km footpath.
The other two projects are revised plans.
One is the revised Modernisation of Agriculture Information Services and Digital Agriculture Information and Communication Strengthening (1st revised) Project with an additional cost of Tk 41.2 crore and the other is the Improvement and Widening of Charkhali-Tushkhali-Mathbaria-Patharghata Road (1st revised) Project involving an additional cost of Tk 44.57 crore.
While clearing the two revised projects, the prime minister directed all ministries and division to stop the trend of overshooting the project cost and time and implement the projects in due time instead, said Shamsul Alam, another member of the Planning Commission.