Dhaka-Mawa Expressway: Mixture of modernity and aesthetics
Published: 09:53 PM, 27 October 2020 Updated: 10:10 PM, 27 October 2020
Once, the suffering of passengers in the southern part of the country on the Dhaka-Mawa highway was known no bounds. They had to stuck in traffic for hours. Passengers had to suffer a lot amid hot weather. But now there is no scenario of that suffering. This highway has now turned into a modern and aesthetic expressway and the sufferings of people have reduced.
People of the 21 southern districts can now easily travel from Dhaka to their respective destinations. People can reach Dhaka to Mawa in just 27 minutes under Louhjong upazila of Munshiganj. There is a touch of aesthetics in this expressway. It is the first expressway in the country.
Construction of the expressway on both sides of the Padma River began in May 2016. Initially, the project cost was estimated at Tk 6,000 crore. However, in the end, the construction of this road cost 11,000 crores. The work of the aesthetics expressway has been completed in four years.
The expressway has made it a comfort to reach Dhaka to Mawa and Mawa to Dhaka. It takes only 27 minutes to reach Mawa from Dhaka.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the country's first expressway on the Jatrabari-Mawa route on March 12, 2020, through video conference. Through this Bangladesh entered the era of the expressway.
Imran from Kuchiamora area of Sirajdikhan upazila of Munshiganj used to travel Dhaka every day. He said he has to go to Dhaka every day for business. Earlier, he had to suffer much but after the inauguration of expressway, the sufferings have relieved. Now I can reach home even at 2 o'clock by half an hour.
One pedestrian said it is good to see such an environment. This beauty grows more at night.
Abul Kalam Azad, a Saudi Arabian expatriate from Nimtali area, said there would be roads in Bangladesh that he never thought of. There are regular police patrols on this road and the risk of snatching also less.
Anwar Hossain, a shopkeeper in Chhanbari area of Srinagar upazila, said that once, one or another accident used to happen almost every day. But now such accidents do not happen. People can live in peace now.
The expressway includes a five-meter-wide central reservation, two service roads, three large bridges over Dhaleshwari and Arial Kha rivers, and 28 culverts and bridges of different lengths, officials told Dhaka Tribune.
Six flyovers and four railroad overpasses have also been constructed under the project to ensure uninterrupted vehicular movement on the highway.
There are a total of 31 bridges including 20 PC girders and 11 RCC bridges on this 55 km highway. The major bridges include Dhaleshwari-1 with a length of 256.5 meters, Dhaleshwari-2 bridge with a length of 362.5 meters and Arial Khan bridge with a length of 450.05 meters. Besides, 45 culverts, three flyovers, 15 underpasses have been kept as great separators. Two interchanges have also been constructed at Tegharia in South Keraniganj and one at Bhanga in Faridpur.
Development work was inaugurated from Jatrabari intersection of Dhaka-Khulna National Highway (N-6) (Ikuria Babubazar Link Road) to Mawa and four lanes with separate lanes for slow-moving vehicles from Panchchar to Bhanga. There are four flyovers on this six-lane highway and modern 'traffic management'. In addition, the expressway has four railway overbridges, four major bridges, 19 underpasses, and all world-class safety measures.