Construction of the Dhaka-Ashulia Elevated Expressway is going to start at the end of this year. The project aims to minimize traffic congestion in and around the Dhaka-Ashulia area as well as to improve road connectivity of the northern part with the capital city. Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader made the comment while speaking as chief guest at a signing ceremony of Dhaka Ashulia Expressway Project contract on Design Review and Supervision Consultancy Services between Bangladesh Bridge Authority (BBA) and TYPSA Spain - DOHWA S. Korea- DDC Bangladesh JV at Setu Bhaban in the capital on Thursday.
The minister said "To minimize traffic congestion and make access between the capital city and Dhaka EPZ easier, the government in association with China is implementing the expressway under G2G partnership'. He said, beneath the expressway, the existing 14-kilometer road will be upgraded to a four-lane one. Two flyovers will be constructed at Nabinagar, each one kilometer long. A total of 18 kilometers of drainage will also be constructed on both sides of the expressway.
He continued, in the meantime commercial agreement has already been signed, a loan agreement will be signed soon for the project. The consultancy agreement money is almost Tk 304 crore, Tecnica Y Proyectos S.A. of Spain and DOWHA and DDC company will work jointly on the project. Kazi Md Ferdous, chief engineer of Bangladesh Bridge Authority and Astonio Rodriguez Castellanos of Tecnica signed the agreement on behalf of their respective sides. The expressway is 24 kilometers long and will connect Airport to Dhaka EPZ via Airport-Abdullahpur-Ashulia and Baipail.