Anwar Hossain
Following the Rampura U-loop success in reducing traffic snarl-ups, the second U-loop in the capital’s Badda area is expected to give city dwellers more respite, when it opens to traffic by August this year.
With just a little time in hand, last moment work is progressing fast. During a visit to the project sites, this reporter found that u-loop road casting and side rolling set-up work nearly complete.
Lamp-post and wiring work is continuing. To increase the beauty under the u-loop workers were found planting trees on the road island under Army supervision.
Project Director Jamal Akhter Bhuiyan, while talking to Bangladesh Post said, the Badda U-loop will offer smooth movement of a greater number of vehicles.
The U-loop, which is a part of the Hatirjheel Integrated Development Project, started in 2015; and till now 98 percent progress is achieved, said Jamal.
He said, “The project is almost complete, now only carpeting and railing work is continuing. Rest of the work will be completed soon.”
When asked as to why the project deadline had been changed several times, the project director said that due to legal proceedings, the construction work had been delayed. Besides, there were some problems with other state-owned service providing agencies.
Such problems are land acquisition, shifting service cables and other construction-related work, he added.
Once the project is completed, it will ease the vehicular movement from Pragati Sarani, Aftab Nagar and Rampura towards Malibagh area, Jamal told Bangladesh Post.
The facility will give a much-needed respite to the residents already choked by congestion in the crowded neighborhoods.
RAJUK planned the project attaching the scenic Hatirjheel development project.
According to Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha, the U-loop is 450 metres long and 10 metres wide. It is being built at an estimated cost of Tk 40 crore.
The 17 Corps Engineer Battalion of the Bangladesh Army is working to implement the project. The construction work is being conducted by Spectra Engineers Limited.
The construction of two U-loops was primarily initiated in the capital to ease traffic movement—one at Rampura which has been in operation since June 25, 2017.
The U-turn at Rampura makes traffic access from Banasree to Hatirjheel hassle-free.
The same will happen for Airport, Merul Badda, Sahajadpur, Gulshan and Kuril commuters once the Badda U-loop is constructed.
During a visit to the site, this reporter found entry-exit points of the U-loop closed as the final portion of the work is underway.
Local people said, they want rapid implementation of the project.