It is heartening to note that construction work on Dhaka Elevated Expressway is progressing fast, ushering optimism about reducing Dhaka’s perpetual traffic congestion.
As reported by this daily on Saturday, eleven kilometres (km) of elevated expressway is now visible. This portion of the expressway begins from the city's Airport to Tejgaon. With an aim to open expressway for vehicular movement, road carpeting is scheduled to start next week. In the meantime, work on installing road lights has been started in different places of this part. Project officials said that this section of DAE will be made ready for traffic within the next three months. It is worth mentioning that the project starting from the airport will reach up to Kutubkhali of Dhaka-Chattogram highway via Kuril, Banani, Mohakhali, Tejgaon, Mogbazar, Kamalapur, Sayedabad and Jatrabari
We hope, when completed, the elevated
expressway will contribute to
congestion that we witness
every day in the capital
The DEE project contract was signed on January 19, 2011. It was revised for the first time in 2013 and then again in 2015 due to changes to the design and problems with funding. It is expected that the construction of the much-hyped Dhaka Elevated Expressway will be completed within 2022.
We hope, when completed, the elevated expressway will contribute to easing the horrendous traffic congestion that we witness every day in the capital. It needs no emphasising that the country’s largest public-private partnership project would usher in a new era of communication as it would make travelling from capital’s one point to another much faster and easier. On top of that, it would help commuters save their valuable time as it will take 15-20 minutes to reach Kutubkhali from Airport which now takes more than three hours.
The elevated expressway will help transport a huge amount of goods from the capital to the port city without creating pressure on the present highway, which often remains clogged for long hours. We hope, besides reducing traffic congestion in the capital, the Dhaka Elevated Expressway will contribute to easing transportations of goods and reduce time required for travelling from Dhaka to Chattogram.