Sufferings on Mouchak-Moghbazar road may end by September
The untold sufferings of the city dwellers may come to an end in September this year as the works on the much-talked-about Malibagh-Moghbazar-Tejgaon Flyover are going to be completed by this time, authority of the construction firm assured.
The authority of Toma Construction and Company Limited, assigned for building the 8.25km-flyover project, is also hopeful of opening the flyover to traffic at the same time.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is likely to inaugurate the flyover on completion of the work in the extended time.
Meanwhile, the two-km stretch of Ramna-Tejgaon-Saat Rasta part and one-km stretch of Eskaton-Wireless (Mouchak crossing) part of the project were opened to traffic on March 30 and September 15 last year respectively.
While visiting, this correspondent found workers were working relentlessly to complete the project within the extended deadline.
But, construction materials scattered all around are causing traffic disruption.
The roads, on which the flyovers are being erected, turned unfit for plying since the beginning of the construction work four years back. People fall victims of sufferings in long tailbacks while travelling along the muddy roads which remain under water in many places.
A man was killed and several others were injured as a girder of the under-construction flyover fell on them on March 13 this year. The construction company faced volleys of criticism for lack of safety measures in and around the sites.
Talking to this correspondent, project director Sushanto Kumar Paul expressed his optimism about completion of the project within the extended deadline. The project was supposed to be completed by December 2015.
Paul, however, attributed so many reasons behind the delayed implementation of the project including obstacles in working during daytime on the busy road.
"We couldn’t work with the huge crane during daytime on the busy road. The road remains busy round the clock for want of alternative one. We can work in full swing only for seven hours--from 12 midnight till 7am," he said.
Incessant rainfall since April is also hampering the works, he added.
Meanwhile, an engineer of the firm, wishing anonymity, cast doubt about the completion of the project work within the timeline because of its slow pace.
The snail's pace of the project implementation caused huge sufferings to the dwellers in Malibagh Moghbazar areas and hit the businesses.
Monir-uz-Zaman Miah, a frustrated cloth trader in the area, said, "We don't know how much the flyover can ease the traffic congestion. But, our businesses are ruined since the beginning of the project."
Another trader Tofajjal Hossain said,"Why and how people come here to endure this sufferings. Dust suffers people during dry season and mud during rainy season. Broken and bumpy roads add sufferings to the people.
The Local Government Engineering Department is implementing the project under the Strategic Transport Plan of Dhaka city. A total of Tk 343 crore 70 lakh was allocated initially for the project scheduled to be completed during 2011-2013 period.
Later, the budget was increased to Tk 772 crore and 77 lakh, which was finally raised to Tk 1218 crore 89 lakh, and the construction period was extended up to 2017. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina laid the foundation stone of the project on February 16, 2013.