The 55km Dhaka-Maowa-Bhanga Expressway has changed the total scenario of the country’s communicationsystem which has been built with the dedicated efforts of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
During a recent visit to the Dhaka-Maowa-Bhanga Expressway, this correspondent found a significant headway. The country’s first international standard 55km Expressway highway has changed the overall way of life including economic liberation.
The 55km Expressway has been saving a lot of time, reduced the number of accidents and providing a comfortable journey to passengers, thus contributing to the country’s economic growth.The construction of this expressway is enriching the economic sector of the country and the people are also benefiting immensely.
“The work of this Expressway has been completed before our eyes rapidly. It looks like a road of a developed country. We are proud to have this road,” Monirul Islam, a resident of Suryanagar area of Shibchar, told.
He added, ‘It now takes much less time to go from Shibchar to Dhaka along the highway. Where before it used to take hours, now we can go to Dhaka in a very short time.”
Talking to the people in the Suryanagar area of Shibchar, they told Bangladesh Post, “Even a few years ago, our area was neglected due to geography. But with the implementation of the dream Padma Bridge project, the importance of this region has increased. This connecting Expressway on both sides of the bridge has changed the quality of our overall lifestyle. We will be benefited more if the Padma bridge is opened.”
According to the Roads and Highway Department (RHD), the Dhaka-Mawa-Bhanga Expressway project has been implemented by RHD. The 24 Engineer Construction Brigade of the Bangladesh Army has been assisting the RHD in implementing the project.
This Expressway will become part of the Asian Highway. It will connect Dhaka and Kolkata through the Benapole border and will make international travel more comfortable. The 6-lane Expressway has been built keeping in mind the need to increase traffic for the next 20 years.
Mahedi Sami, a local journalist of Mawa, said,“With this expressway, not only the communication system of the region but also the overall improvement has been achieved. Entrepreneurs are being interested in setting up businesses and industries here. Overall, this Expressway will play a big role in the growth of country’s economy.”
It is learned that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the expressway a few months before the end of the construction period at a cost of Tk 11 thousand 3 crore 90 lakh. After the inauguration, the door of luck has been opened for thousands of people in 21 districts of the south-west. They are directly benefiting and developing their lifestyle.
However, the Dhaka-Mawa-Bhanga Expressway has been designed to drive at a speed of 80km per hour. There are eight ways for vehicles to enter and exit. These entrances and exits are at Babubazar, Jatrabari, Postagola in Dhaka, Hasnabad in Keraniganj, Toll Plaza adjacent to Abdullapur, Abdullapur, Srinagar Flyover and Mawa in Munshiganj.
This 55 km long Expressway with modern facilities to ensure uninterrupted travel of the people of Khulna, Gopalganj and Barisal region with the capital Dhaka will make it easier for the people of the south-western districts of the country to travel.
Sudhin Sarkar, former Chairman of Bhanga Upazila Parishad, said, “This Expressway, not only the communication system of the region but also the connection of overall improvement. This Expressway is playing a big role in the growth of national income of the country.”
The highway included a five-metre wide central reservation, two service roads for slow moving vehicles, three large bridges over the Dhalashari and Arial Kha rivers, and a total of 28 culverts and bridges of different lengths, the officials concerned told the Bangladesh Post.
However, it will take only 42 minutes to cover this 55 km distance along the Expressway. And it takes only 28 minutes to travel 35 kilometers from Dhaka to Mawa along the Expressway. But now it is not possible to go directly from Dhaka to Bhanga. This benefit can be enjoy after the Padma Bridge completed.
Meanwhile, the construction work of the dream Padma Bridge is going ahead. In the meantime, 5 kilometers of the bridge has become visible.
Due to the global pandemic coronavirus, the abnormal rise in the water level of the Padma River during the current monsoon season and the rapid flow of the current, the full construction of the Padma Bridge will take some time to be visible.
However, even in hostile weather, huge work is going on the banks of Padma. The construction work of the bridge has not stopped.
In the meantime, 80 percent of the main work of the Padma Bridge has been completed, said the Bridge Authority. The rest of the work is going on at a rapid speed.
Visiting the edge of Mawa of Padma Bridge, it seen that the construction work of the Padma Bridge project, the dream of millions of people, is progressing at a breakneck pace.
The Padma Bridge would have opened by mid-2021 if there were no strong currents in the river and coronavirus pandemic. As there have been some delays in the construction of the bridge due to coronavirus, the bridge will be opened at any time in 2022, sources said.