DHAKA, Sept 1, 2012: The government has decided to construct a railway bridge involving Taka 8,200 crore over the mighty river Jamuna aimed at meeting the regional traffic growth and improving the flow of goods and passengers.
Railway officials said they proposed construction of the dual gauge double-track bridge for completing the structure by 2017 beside the existing Bangabandhu Multipurpose Bridge to establish a strategic railway link between the eastern and western parts of the country.
They said once implemented, the project will ensure lower transport cost and quicker travel time beside meeting the increasing regional traffic growth which will ultimately contribute to the national economy.
"A railway bridge over the mighty river Jamuna is very much
required at the moment due to increase in number of passengers and flow of goods," Bangladesh Railway Director General Mohammad Abu Taher told BSS today.
He said the existing railway bridge attached to the Bangabandhu Multipurpose Bridge could not take heavy load and a small number of trains are running over the bridge with only 15- km speed.
Improving the flow of goods and passengers and connecting infrastructure from one side of the country to the other are imperative to enhance economic activities, Taher said.
Another official of the Railwar Ministry said the railway bridge project will establish link with trans-Asia highway and rail, facilitating movement of goods from Nepal, Bhutan and Northeastern India to and through Bangladesh.
He said the Terms of Reference (ToR) and Feasibility Study of the project have been sent to the Public Private Partnership (PPP) office regulated by the Prime Minister's Office after a decision on 16 May 2012.
Ministry officials said the meeting held at the PPP office on 21 June took decision to send the project to the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs (CCEA) for approval of the project in principle.
Describing the importance of constructing a railway bridge over the Jamuna River communication expert Professor Jamilur Reza Chowdhury said the government should urgently construct the rail
bridge parallel to the Bangabandhu Multipurpose Bridge due to
increasing traffic demand.
Moreover, it will be a cost effective project as it (project) doesn't require river training and land acquisition cost, he said, adding the project is possible to complete within the stipulated time frame.
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