The Dhaka Elevated Expressway is becoming visible as the span installation has begun, aiming to remove traffic congestion from Dhaka and ensure safer roads.
Work on the 46.73km of elevated expressway will be completed by 2020.
The elevated expressway is being constructed along with ramps from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport to Kutubkhali point of Dhaka-Chittagong highway via Kuril, Banani, Mohakhali, Tejgaon, Sonargaon Hotel, Palashi, Moghbazar and Kamalapur, officials said.
The government was able to hand over the entire land of this segment only in 2017 owing to complications in land acquisition, resettlement and relocation of utility network.
The bridge authority signed a deal with Ital-Thai Development Public Company in January 2011 to build the expressway stretching from Shahjalal International Airport to Kutubkhali on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway under public-private-partnership at a cost of Tk 8,703 crore.
The 47km length includes the length of the mainline (20km) and 27km of the 31 ramps in the original design.
The first segment is nearly 7.5km long, the second one is 6km and the third segment is 6.5km long.
The entire scheme requires 220 acres of land. The government has to acquire 26 acres of private land along the entire route and at least 7 acres for the first segment alone.