Dhaka getting ready to host ICC T20 World Cup

Infrastructural development and beautification to be completed by March 8

Work has begun on developing infrastructure and beautifying Dhaka city to get the capital ready to host the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in March.

The Local Government Division is implementing the Tk115 crore project, taking Tk92 crore from government funds and the rest from funds of the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC).

The project includes development of about 23km roads, the setting up of streetlights, traffic signs and road markers on 23.5km roads, and the beautification of 20.5km roads.

The DNCC has started widening the road from Mirpur 12 to Kalshi main road, and also constructing the central reservation and footpath for a Tk 18.26 crore cost; the development and repair of roads, footpaths, drains from Mirpur 10 to Mirpur 12 bus depot, and the T&T office at Mirpur 2 to Proshika Bhaban at cost Tk 20.86 crore.

Development and repair of roads, footpaths and central reservation is also taking from Mirpur 10 to Taltola bus stop, Senpara Parbata Falpatti area, link road in Barobagh, and the main road in Kachukhet that stretches from Mirpur 14 to Ibrahimpur at a cost of Tk23.61 crore.

Earlier, the DNCC finished repairing key Mirpur roads, including the road between Mirpur 10 to 14, ahead of its project deadline of June this year.

The city corporation has also started developing and repairing roads, footpath and drains from Banani rail crossing to to Bijoy Sarani for Tk21.64 crore, and developing footpath and drains from Bijoy Sarani to Shahbagh via Banglamotor for Tk9.53 crore.

The DNCC is also beautifying traffic sign, road markers, paint of central reservations and road islands, installing street lamps, and colorful lightings at a cost Tk20.73 crore.

On January 19, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) approved Tk115 crore to give the capital a facelift ahead of next month’s T20 World Cup.

Under the project, the city corporation has also started improving and beautifying the roads surrounding the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium and Bangabandhu National Stadium. The two city corporations and the Dhaka Metropolitan Police are also recovering footpaths from grabbers to ensure smooth traffic movement.

Visiting different areas in Mirpur, Mohammadpur and the Airport road, the Dhaka Tribune found that footpaths in these areas have been freed from vendors, hawkers and makeshift shop owners.

Brig Gen Md Abul Khair, chief engineer of the DNCC, told the Dhaka Tribune: “We have already started the development project, and it will be completed by March 8.

“At present, repair and construction are going on, and step by step all the project work will be completed by the deadline,” he said.

Source: Dhaka Tribune

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