Ctg Outer Ring Road caves in before opening
Published : Sunday, 14 July, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 822
CHATTOGRAM July 13: Several parts of the under-construction Coastal Road and Embankment Strengthening Project, also known as Chittagong Outer Ring Road Project at a cost of Tk 25 billion have been damaged on Saturday due to heavy shower.
The Project Director, and the Chief Engineer of Chattogram Development Authority (CDA) said that the Ring Road have been damaged in several parts following a heavy current of the sea tide coupled with the inflation of sea water.
The Chattogram Development Authority (CDA) is implementing the project. It may be mentioned that the project is awaiting the inaugural this year.
Before the inauguration, the several parts of the Coastal Road and Embankment Strengthening Project, also known as Chittagong Outer Ring Road have been damaged.
The project has been approved by the CCGP (Cabinet Committee of Government Purchase) on March in 2016.
The Spectra EL-KNR JV has been working to complete the project within the stipulated time. Under the project, a 17 Kilometre road have been constructed on the existing coastal embankment stretching from Patenga to Sagorika Industrial Area in the city.
The road would strengthen the coastal embankment and raise its height from existing 23-24 feet to 33-34 feet.
It may be mentioned that the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved the Tk 8.56 billion project on March 29 in
2011. But implementation of the project came to a halt in 2012-13 Fiscal Year since CDA could not go for land acquisition and re-settlement at the cost of estimated Tk 5.76 billion which was allocated by the government, due to increase in land price.
As such, CDA submitted a revised budget where land acquisition and re-settlement cost was estimated at Taka 5.76 billion through dropping one of the three feeder roads from the project. Taka 640 million was allocated for constructing 12 bridges on the project. As per the revised budget, CDA will also construct four lanes on the embankment ring road around the port city. The implementation process got pace when the government decided to provide Taka 4.5 billion at a time for land acquisition and re-settlement in May 2013 while ECNEC also approved the revised budget of Taka 14.96 billion for the project in August in 2013.
Of the budget, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will provide Taka 6 billion and the government bear the resty of the cost. The 4 lane 17 km long CORR from Patenga to Fouzderhat involving Tk 2500 crore was scheduled to open for traffic by June last.
This project was undertaken aimed at saving the coastal areas from tidal surge, an alternative communications for transportations of cargos from Chattogram Port and to avoid gridlocks from Bandar to Sitakunda portions on Chattogram-Dhaka highway.
To save the coastal areas of Halishahar, Patenga to Fouzderhat from the tidal surge, the Ring road project is being constructed.
Moreover the present traffic congestions in front of Chattogram Export Processing Zone (CEPZ) will be eased following the connections of ring road with CEPZ road.
Besides, heavy cargo laden transports from Chattogram Port towards other destinations can easily use the ring road through feeder road. As a result, the severe traffic congestions in the city will be resolved.
The main aim of constructing the this outer ring road is to save the people of coastal areas of Chattagram as well as resolve the alarming traffic congestions in the city.
The road will be used as approach road to the Karnaphluli tunnel which will help to facilitate the transports of south Chattogram, Teknaf, Bandarban to enter in Ctg-Dhaka highway through ring road without entering into the main city.