RHD implements Tk 2,136cr projects in Rajshahi division

The Roads and Highway Department (RHD) has

been implementing seven development projects here at present aimed at

improving the existing road network besides making it jam-free, safe and time

and cost-effective.

The projects are being implemented in Rajshahi, Naogaon, Chapainawabganj,

Natore, Pabna and Sirajganj districts under Rajshahi division at a total cost

of around Taka 2,136.36 crore.

Habibur Rahman, additional chief engineer of RHD, here told BSS that a six-

kilometer pavement widening including median construction works in Natore

main town road from Harishpur bypass crossing to Banbelghoria is now on an

ending stage at a cost of around Taka 58.33 crore.

Main objective of the project is to build a traffic-jam free town side by

side with enhancing traffic movement besides reducing road accidents through

widening of the road by this year end.

Under the project, requisite length of footpath-cum-drain were constructed

to ensure a proper drainage management system for freeing the town from

water-logging during monsoon.

Widening works of 74-kilometer important regional highway are on the final

stage at a cost of around Taka 438.94 crore. The highway is being widened to

7.30 meters along with 1.50 meters hard shoulder on both sides to have

standard regional highway.

People of the surrounding Bogra, Naogaon, Joypurhat and Rajshahi districts

will get benefits from the improved regional connectivity by this year end.

The 22-kilometer Sirajganj town part from Shaheed M Monsur Ali Medical

College to Kata Wapda crossing of the Nalka-Sirajganj-Soidabad regional

highway is being elevated to four-lane under a Taka 264.26-crore project.

The improved infrastructure will establish an effective, efficient and

demand-driven road network within the country's eastern, southern and western

regions. It will also help assisting sustainable economic development through

enhancement of transportation between Sirajganj town and industrial park as

well as all over the country.

Upon successful implementation by June, 2020, the project will enhance

economic development through expansion and integration of markets and growth

of international trade.

A 0.270-kilometer railway overpass will be constructed at Ullapara under

Sirajganj district at a cost of around Taka 92.23 crore by June, 2020 in

order to improve the existing road network side by side with making it jam-

free, safe, comfortable and business-effective.

Under another Taka 201.30-crore project, the unfinished works of the 26-

kilometer road from Naogaon to Natore highway via Atrai are going to be

completed by this year end.

Direct road link between Naogaon and Natore districts will be established

upon implementation of the project thereby a long distance of 65-kilometer

will be reduced between the two districts.

Another 82-kilometer highway in Naogaon district is being elevated to

proper standard and widening under a Taka 314.70-crore project. People of the

project-related areas will avail the opportunities of improving their socio-

economic condition upon completion of the scheduled works by June, 2020.

Implementation works of elevating to justified standard and widening of

196-kilometer roads were started covering all the six districts under a Taka

766.58-crore project with the main thrust of improving the existing road

network besides making it safe and time and cost-effective.

Meanwhile, implementation works of six other important projects were

completed at a cost of around Taka 456.24 crore during the last five fiscal

years till June last contributing a lot towards improving road communication

in the zone.

Roadside tree plantation activities on the improved roads are progressing

successfully that will ultimately help for reducing carbon emissions to a

substantial level and that is very important to face the adverse impact of

climate change here including the vast Barind tract.

Engineer Rahman said that the implemented projects have been contributing

enormously to raise the standard of living and the ongoing schemes will

supplement the process upon successful completion.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)