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
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)