Kuril flyover work delayed

3 more months given to complete

Helemul Alam

Failing to meet the December 31 deadline to open the Kuril Flyover to traffic, Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) has extended the time frame by three months.

Rajuk Chairman Nurul Huda attributed the delay to late handover of some land by the railway and roads and highways departments.

About 11 months were spent to get the possession of the land and end a legal dispute with a CNG refuelling station in the area.

He said 75 percent of the project has been completed so far and hoped to open the 3.1-kilometre flyover by March.

Besides, digging of a lake under the flyover and construction of two footbridges and connecting roads are also underway and will be completed duly.

The one-way flyover will be 8.9 metre wide and 14.6 metre high. It will have two Y and as many U loops, mentioned a Rajuk official.

Vehicles from different directions will use the loops to cross the flyover.

Around 87 trains cross the Kuril Level Crossing on Pragati Sarani every day, wasting around seven hours. The flyover will ease the traffic at the point, said Showkat Hussain, director of Project Builders Ltd.

Funded by Rajuk from its Purbachal New Town Project fund, the flyover is being built on about 12.68 acres of land.

Sources in Rajuk said the cabinet purchase committee of the Awami League-led grand alliance government on March 2010 approved the tender proposal for building the flyover at a cost of around Tk 153 crore.

The Rajuk awarded the project to a joint venture of Project Builders Ltd of Bangladesh and Major Bridge Engineering Corporation of China.

The construction work was scheduled for the same month, but the concessionaires could not start the work as the Bangladesh Railway and Roads and Highways Department gave Rajuk the required land in September and October 2010.

The delay hiked the project cost to Tk 254 crore.

Source: The Daily Star

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