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Joint venture picked as consultant
Asif Showkat Kallol

The government has planned to build the expressway exclusively for local exporters and importers carrying goods at high toll to earn large amount of revenues

An Australia-New Zealand-Japan-Bangladesh joint venture is likely to get the consultancy job to provide technical assistance for detailed study and design for the Dhaka-Chittagong expressway.

The government has planned to build the expressway exclusively for local exporters and importers carrying goods at high toll to earn large amount of revenues.

According to a study conducted by the Asian Development Bank, about 90% of the country’s total imports and exports are transported through the Dhaka-Chittagong highway.

The appointment of a consultant had been delayed by four months as consulting firms were at loggerheads with the Roads and Highways Division over the design of the proposed expressway, said a senior official of the Communications Ministry. The RHD wanted to make an extra design of the main bridge, he added.

Due to intervention of the Asian Development Bank, the foreign joint venture firms had shown interest in taking the job under package I. The Communications Ministry sent its proposal to the cabinet committee on public purchase for approval which is likely to be placed on Sunday, the official said.

Roads Division Secretary MAN Siddique said the consultancy firms would start work soon as the ADB had finalised negotiations with them.

On March 13 last year, the cabinet committee on economic affairs gave its nod for a six-lane Dhaka-Chittagong expressway under public-private partnership.

As per the ministry’s proposal, three consultancy firms would be appointed for the construction of the expressway and the RHD had selected Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation International Pty Ltd of Australia in the joint venture with Oriental Consultants of Japan in association with the Association Consulting Engineers Consultants Ltd of Bangladesh and Castalia Ltd of New Zealand.

The consultant firms will be appointed for Tk83.22 crore. The technical assistance project for detailed study and design of the Dhaka-Chittagong expressway was approved on April 4 last year at a cost of Tk97.87 crore and the work was supposed to start in March last year and complete in August 2016.

According to the main proposal, if the Dhaka-Chittagong expressway is built on an elevated level, its cost would be $6.1bn. If it is constructed at ground level, the cost would be $2.2bn. The expressway would be built under build-own-operate-transfer system.

According to an ADB study conducted a couple of years ago, 60% of vehicles using the highway are goods carriers while 27% heavy vehicles carry passengers. The number of vehicles on the route would increase 1.5 times or double in the next five years.

The study also said it took around 8-10 hours and sometimes even more to go the 250km distance on the highway. It also suggested constructing a four-lane highway by 2016, a six-lane by 2027 and an eight-lane expressway by 2034.

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Far from taking shape !! First do the basic> convert the existing one to 4 lane,then we can dream the second one !
 
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Far from taking shape !! First do the basic> convert the existing one to 4 lane,then we can dream the second one !
All of this type of project is for making money or commission.
Instead of this type project they should implement DHK-CTG double rail track and Dhaka to Mymenshing Quad track (Dhk to jaidebpur quad rest double is enough)
Rail system can move more passenger and goods then those elevated expressway.
 

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All of this type of project is for making money or commission.
Instead of this type project they should implement DHK-CTG double rail track and Dhaka to Mymenshing Quad track (Dhk to jaidebpur quad rest double is enough)
Rail system can move more passenger and good then those elevated expressway.
Yes, of course. A rail system would be more energy efficient and less polluting. I suppose such major railway network won't be built if there isn't huge amount of money to be made, when compared to an expressway.
 

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Yes, of course. A rail system would be more energy efficient and less polluting. I suppose such major railway network won't be built if there is huge amount of made to be made, when compared to an expressway.
In rail system corruption is limited, ie while acquire land, in tender process (very slim) and employ extra manpower (one time).
And now day Inda want us to build Indian Gauge instead of standard Narror/Meter or Standard Gauge.
ANd finally govt have no idea about commercial rail road system, We need international partner for our rail road DB schenker, AVIVA or similar type company can make our system efficient and profitable not those fool,stupid govt employee/politician.
 

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why it would take until 2034 for eight long expressway ? lol should i laugh or cry ? this illegal government can say everythings they want to
 

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Good things come to those who wait
. Perhaps they are building the expressway for self driving cars that Google is going to set up for them? :D
:lol::lol::lol: one of the funniest lines I have read in this forum :D
 

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Government hoping to finish remaining 50% work by December
Kamran Reza Chowdhury

The 10-member standing committee decided to see the progress of the project

Even though less than half of the work on the Dhaka-Chittagong four-lane highway project has been completed so far, the government has reiterated that it plans on finishing the project by December this year.

The communications minister and his secretary expressed the hope at a meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Communication Ministry yesterday.

However, some committee members cast their doubts about whether it would be possible to meet the promised deadline as different aspects of the project – which has seen only 49% of the work completed as of August – are likely to be suspended in the coming months.

Rain has forced the bituminous and other works of the project to be suspended, while the pause on the work is likely to continue up to September. Besides, work is also likely to be suspended again during two weeks at the start of October because of Eid-ul-Azha holidays.

The 10-member standing committee decided to see the progress of the project, apparently to put pressure on the government for its early completion.

Engineers and officials said finishing the project in two-and-a-half months with maximum quality was not possible by the end of this year.

“The honourable minister has assured us that the Dhaka-Chittagong four-lane project will be finished by December this year. But we are not sure about it,” Nazmul Haque Prodhan, a committee member, told the Dhaka Tribune after the meeting at the parliament building.

The construction work is currently suspended because of rain, while work will be halted again during the first two weeks of October for Eid vacation, he added.

Communication Minister Obaidul Quader told the standing committee that the project was initiated in 2006, but the actual work started in 2010.

“We had to face huge problem in acquiring land for the project as 16 mosques, five graveyards, four temples and 10 educational institutes were removed.

“The project was delayed as we had to take the khatib of Baitul Mokarram National Mosque several times [to the sites] to convince the removal of the mosques and the graveyards,” he said.

On July 1, the communication minister also told the parliament that the work on four-lane highway project would be completed by December.

According to the working paper on the four-lane project which was presented at the meeting, bituminous work on only 75km out of 192.3km has been completed so far.

Out of the total 179,982 square metre concrete pavement, the contractors have finished only 79,442 square metre. The progress for construction of three rail overpass is 47%, according to the working paper obtained by the Dhaka Tribune.

Work on 17 bridges have been finished while the progress of rest of the six bridges is around 63% on an average.

The Dhaka-Chittagong highway is considered the lifeline of Bangladesh’s economy as over 80% of the import-export goods of Bangladesh are transported using the road. The total cost of the 192.3km project is over Tk3,190 crore.

In its meeting, the standing committee also discussed the registration of illegal motorcycles, observing that a huge number of illegal motorcycles had been plying across the country, depriving the state of revenues.

“In most of the cases, the police harass the motorcycle user in the name of checking. And in most of the cases, they release unregistered bikes in exchange of money,” another committee member told the Dhaka Tribune.

The standing committee recommended that the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) should introduce a system according to which the buyers must pre-pay the BRTA the total registration fees in banks before purchasing the bikes. The banks would give a payment slip to the customers.

The buyers must show the payment slips to sellers to purchase motorcycles. The BRTA then would give registration number against the payment slips.

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