To the chagrin of urban and regional planning experts, Bangladesh continues to construct gargantuan flyovers in what can be described as ‘putting a plaster on’ approach to dealing with the nightmarish traffic situation the country now experiences. Professors of city planning are disappointed at this myopic approach and argue for a drastic change in traffic demand management policies.

                                                                  

Name Status
Mohakhali Overpass Completed
Khilgaon Flyover Completed
Bijoy Shoroni-Tejgaon Link Road Completed
Tongi /Overpass Completed
Banani Overpass Completed
Mirpur-Airport Road Flyover Completed
Kuril Flyover Completed
Jatrabari Flyover Under Construction
Moghbazar-Malibagh Flyover Under Construction
Kadamtali Junction Flyover Procurement Stage
Dhaka Expressway Procurement Stage
Dhaka-Ashulia ElevatedExpressway Procurement Stage
Amin Bazar to Palashi Procurement Stage
Golapshah Mazar-BabuBazar Procurement Stage

Dhaka Flyover (Completed)

  1. Mohakhali Flyover
  2. Khilgaon Flyover
  3. Bijoy Shoroni-Tejgaon Link Road
  4. Kuril Flyover
  5. Mayor Hanif flyover
  6. Mirpur-Airport Road flyover with an overpass
  7. Moghbazar-Malibagh

How do these  flyovers measure up?

Mohakhali Flyover

Length: 112km

Width 17.9m

Khilgaon Flyover

Length: 1.9km

Width 14m

Lanes: 4

Kuril Flyover

Length:3.1km.

Mirpur-Airport Road Flyover

Length: 4.1km

Width 15.52m

Mayor Hanif Flyover

Length: 11.8km

Future Flyovers

Bhulta Point

A huge 1,238-km long flyover is to be constructed at Bhulta point on Dhaka-Sylhet Highway. After a tender process, a contractor has been selected by the Road Transport and Highway Division (RHD) for a value of Tk 240.05 crore. The winning tender was from China Railway 24 Bureau Group co. Ltd-Spectra Engineers Ltd at the lowest price among six bidders.Bhulta point is roughly 25 km from the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway—an area that suffers terrible traffic congestion.

Moghbazar-Mouchak

This under construction flyover has come under attack from experts who suggest these mega structures will be a big burden on the city in future years. At a time when many countries are deconstructing their flyovers Bangladesh is going the opposite way; but is doing it in an unplanned manner at a great cost to taxpayers. Critics suggest that flyovers are not a solution to traffic congestion. Many suggest a better use of money would be to introduce a public transport corridor. It may have been a better idea to focus on making more efficient use of roads, waterways, and railways to solve the growing traffic problem.

Are flyovers really the answer…

It has been suggested that the government should turn their attention to building a better traffic management policy. Building a flyover relieves a bottleneck that will quickly be filled again exacerbating the problem. Flyovers also reduce the scope for a mass transit system and a bus rapid transit that would have a much bigger impact on the severe traffic dilemma.

A long-term solution would be to decentralize so people can avoid commuting to Dhaka. Draconian measures have to be taken to control the number of cars in Dhaka to support that goal non-motorised transport alternatives should be encouraged through government initiatives.

Flyover news and updates

The Eskaton-Mouchak section of the Moghbazar flyover has just opened to the public. LGRD Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain cut the ribbon on the one-kilometer portion which connects Eskaton with Mouchak. The minister expects the rest of flyover to be July of next year. Dhaka residents welcome the latest flyover and hope that it will reduce the heavy traffic congestion in the area. The cost of the project is estimated to be Tk 12.19 billion. But it has not been all plain sailing and the projects has been criticised by town planners for having faulty designs and too many delays.

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