DNCC working to make roads easier to walk for pedestrians
Published: 05:34 PM, 16 January 2021 Updated: 05:37 PM, 16 January 2021
To make it easier for pedestrians to walk on the streets of the capital Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) has undertaken several projects while a total of 36 new foot-over bridges are set to be made on important roads under DNCC.
The DNCC says 47 more foot-over bridges on various DNCC roads will be modernized as a total of 8 electric stairs will be kept including the new ones. As a result, children, the elderly, and the disabled can easily travel on these footbridges.
It is reported that there will be a total of 16 escalators in 8 over-bridges. In addition, 50 new tents will be constructed on the road for the safety of passengers and 7.74 kilometers of roads will be developed in the median, and 45 grill fences will be provided on the median and sidewalk sides.
In this regard, DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam told Daily Bangladesh, "The safety of pedestrians on the DNCC roads is most important to us. To make the walking path easier, Dhaka needs to be modernized and for this 36 new foot-over bridges will be constructed, 6 of which will have moving stairs. The moving stairs will be in front of various hospitals and important places."
Meanwhile, the decision to build foot-over bridges in front of Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital and the National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh (NHFB) has already been taken.
Besides, other places like Kakoli, Shaheen College, Adamjee Cantonment College, CMH Hospital, Shyamoli Intersection, Mohakhali Foot-over Bridge Zone-3, and Pragati Sarani East-West University Foot-over Bridge, there will be 2 moving stairs for each place.
The DNCC mayor said the location for installing the escalator on the foot-over bridge has been selected considering the traffic survey report and public demand.
According to the concerned sources, these developments are being carried out under the project 'Road safety including the development of traffic infrastructure in DNCC area'. The project will be implemented at a cost of Tk 319 crore from the current period to 2023. Under this, a total of 13.68 kilometers of roads, 9 km of the water drainage system, and 26.5 km of footpaths will be developed under DNCC.