The government has taken an initiative to construct a outer ring road and a circular rail line around the city in order to ease the capital Dhaka’s traffic jam.
The Roads and Highways Department (RHD) has already started the work of implementing the Outer Ring Road.
On the other hand, the government wants to build a circular rail network to reduce traffic congestion in the capital. Bangladesh Railway has already tested the feasibility of implementing this mega project.
It said the project would take 6 years to implement and the potential cost would be 8.37 billion dollars. If the project is implemented, on the one hand, the people of the capital Dhaka will be able to move very comfortably, on the other hand, people from the districts around the capital will be able to come to the capital very easily.
According to RHD, the length of the eight-lane circular road will be about 132 km. The project will be implemented in two phases. The potential cost has been estimated at Tk 15,000 crore.
However, it learned that the length of the circular railway will be 80.89 km by connecting Narayanganj with the surrounding districts in the form of a ring around the capital. According to railway sources, China has already expressed interest in implementing the project.
Meanwhile, the possible routes of the circular rail project have been identified from the Bishwa Ijtema ground to Uttara, Dhaka Zoo, Gabtali, Mohammadpur, Sadarghat, Postagola, Fatulla, Chashara, Adamji, Demra, Trimahoni, Purbachal and Tongi.
The rail route will have 24 stations, of which 11 will have metro rail, bus service, internal route change with Sadarghat launch terminal. Of this, 10 km of railway track will be underground, and the rest of the route will be elevated. Out of 24 stations, 3 stations will be underground. The remaining 21 stations will be elevated.
Monirul Islam Firoz, director of the project, said, “We will soon present the report in the form of a presentation at a meeting in the presence of the Railway Minister after the initial feasibility study. And this report will be finalized after taking everyone’s opinion.”
Moreover, such circular rail network has already gained popularity in different countries of the world. If such a project is implemented, the traffic congestion in Dhaka will be reduced on the one hand, and the pressure on road communication will be reduced to a great extent, the railway officials said.
However, according to the concerned, in the first phase, a 48 km eight-lane road will be constructed from Hemayetpur in Savar to Madanpur in Keraniganj. At present there are 12 kilometers of four lane roads. It will have 4 more lanes. The remaining 36 km will have to be acquired and completely rebuilt.
The eight-lane road will be 240 to 300 feet wide. In this part 2 rest areas, 5 interchanges, 6 bridges, 20 overpasses and underpasses will be constructed. 384 hectares of land will have to be acquired to build 36 km of roads. It will cost Tk 10,200 crore to complete this work.
The additional chief engineer (Dhaka zone) of the roads and highways department, Sabuj Uddin Khan, said that, “The Outer Ring Road has been proposed in the Revised Strategic Transport Plan (RSTP). The RHD has got the responsibility of implementing the project from the government. The work of feasibility study has already been completed. The government has signed a G2G agreement with Japan, which is interested in implementing the PPP.”