Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) is going to develop city road network under a mega project in a bid to offer better communication facilities to the city dwellers.
The project also includes construction of a modern bus and truck terminal to address traffic congestion and streamline the traffic movement in the port city.
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina approved the mega project titled ‘Development of Road Network and Bus-Truck Terminal at Different Wards of the CCC’ on Thursday last. Starting from October this year, construction works of the project involving Tk 1,229.97 crore will be completed by June 2020, according to Development Project Proforma (DPP) of the works.
Sources said though there is a provision of providing 20 percent money, known as matching fund, from own fund of the CCC for implementing development project, the government will provide all the Tk 1,229.97 crore for this project considering economic capacity of the CCC.
Under the mega project, different works including developments of 332.05 kilometre (km) road under 41 wards of the CCC, 559.70 metre approach road with 37 bridges and 215 metre approach road with culverts will be carried out.
Besides, construction of 3,000 square metre infrastructure for truck and bus terminal, 25,000 square metre yard with drainage system, procuring of 8.10 acres of land and development of 32,801 square metre land will also be carried out under the project, the sources said. Of the works, 61.33 percent money amounting to around Tk 754.37 crore will be spent for development of the 332.05 km road out of existing 528 km while 21.13 percent for procuring 8.10 acres of land, 11.31 percent for 215 metre approach road with bridges, 1.34 percent for approach road with culverts, 2.03 percent for yards with drainage system and 0.61 percent for infrastructure of the terminal.
The terminal will be developed on the 8.10 acres of land at a cost of Tk 7.5 crore in the city’s Kulgaon area under Bayezid Bostami police station. The land will be procured at a cost of Tk 260.05 crore while Tk 2.50 crore will be spent for developing yard with drainage system for the terminal, which will be able to accommodate 300 bus and truck at a time.
Sources said thousands of passenger bus, trucks and covered vans ply to and from the city everyday. But, due to lack of terminal and parking facilities the heavy vehicles are parked haphazardly here and there in the city causing severe traffic congestion on most of the busy roads. Most of the trucks and covered vans heading towards the Chittagong Port remain stranded from the city’s Cement Crossing area to the port due to lack of the parking facilities.
At least 5,000 trucks and covered vans ply to and from the city everyday, the sources said. Different organisations related to the transport sector had been demanding for setting up terminals especially for the vehicles of long-route ones since long. But, concerned authority didn’t pay heed to the demand till the project for developing terminal got approval.
The sources also informed that number of long-route and inter-city vehicles increased three to four times over the last two decades. But, sufficient terminals were not developed to address the crisis.
The traffic congestion takes worse turn when homebound people start leaving the city ahead of Eid-Ul-Fitr and Eid-Ul-Azha every year, they said.
Mentionable, there are now four bus and truck terminals in the city having capacity for parking of only 2,000 vehicles.
CCC Executive Engineer Jashim Uddin told the daily sun that the city streets will have a new look after development of the road network under the mega project.
To streamline the traffic movement the modern terminal will also be developed, he said.
The executive engineer also observed that illegal parking and traffic congestion on the city roads will be reduced to a great extent after completion of works of the terminal.