PM opens Dhaka-Mawa-Bhanga Expressway
Published: 11:21 AM, 12 March 2020 Updated: 03:18 PM, 12 March 2020
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina along with others offering munajat after inaugurating the ountry’s first-ever expressway on Dhaka-Mawa-Bhanga route. Photo: PID
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formally inaugurated the country’s first-ever expressway on Dhaka-Mawa-Bhanga route on Thursday.
The Prime Minister inaugurated the newly-constructed expressway through a videoconference from her official Ganabhaban residence in Dhaka at 10:30 am.
Louhajang Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Md Kabirul Islam Khan confirmed the information to Daily Bangladesh.
It will take only 28 minutes to travel to Dhaka from Mawa on the expressway. Though the word was like a dream, finally it became true today through the inauguration of the expressway. As a result, there will be dramatic changes in the country’s communication sector.
Construction work of the 55-km long expressway was started in 2016. It having all the modern facilities was constructed aiming to reduce travel time as well as to ensure smooth and comfortable journey of the people of 22 southwestern districts.
The international standard expressway having two service lanes will connect the country’s southwestern part with the capital.
According to the project details, the expressway has five flyovers, 19 underpasses as well as some 100 bridges and culverts, which will contribute to the national economy by boosting trade and commerce in the country.
It has two parts stretching 35-kilometre long from Jatrabari intersection to Mawa and 20-kilometre long from Pancchar to Bhanga.
The world standard expressway is expected to contribute significantly to the overall development of the entire Khulna and Barishal divisions and a part of Dhaka division as it will strengthen connectivity between the Dhaka city and the country’s Southwestern part.
People from 22 districts of the country’s southwestern region including six districts in Barishal division, 10 districts in Khulna division and six districts in Dhaka division will directly be benefited from this expressway.
The two parts of the modern expressway will be connected through the 6.15-kilometre long Padma Bridge, which is now under construction. The government has a plan to open the long-awaited bridge to traffic by June 2021. When the construction works of Padma Bridge will be completed, it will take hardly one hour to get to and from Bhanga to Dhaka.
The expressway has been constructed on Dhaka-Khulna highway with an estimated cost of Tk 11003.90 crore taking the growing traffic volume into consideration for the next 20 years on this highway.
The Roads and Highways Department and Bangladesh Army jointly started the implementation of the expressway project in four districts - Dhaka, Munshiganj, Madaripur and Faridpur - back in 2016.
The scheme was completed three months before the stipulated time frame of June 2020.
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