Passengers of Dhaka Elevated Expressway Witness First Jam
Dhaka Elevated Expressway was inaugurated on September 2 to ease traffic congestion in the capital. But before the end of the month, severe traffic jam was seen from Thursday (September 21) evening. Jams can be observed from Tenggao to Manik Mia Avenue in the capital.
During this time the passengers faced great suffering. They say it takes two and a half hours to reach Farmgate from the airport, even if they take the elevated expressway to save time.
Passengers said that it took 15 to 20 minutes from Uttara to Tenzhgao but it took about 2 hours to cover the remaining 2 km.
A passenger named Zahid Hossain who came from Kaola to Farmgate said, I could not save time even if I came through the elevated expressway to save time. Coming down takes about the same time.
He said that there used to be a jam at the place which has been designated for getting off the vehicle. Newly, this place gets jammed every day due to vehicles coming down from the elevated expressway. Heavy traffic has been caused due to rain today.
The total length of the elevated expressway extending from Kawla, Kuril, Banani, Mohakhali, Tejgaon, Moghbazar, Kamalapur, Syedabad, Jatrabari to Qutubkhali on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway is 46.73 kilometers south of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
The expressway is being constructed under the supervision of the bridge department of the government. The length of the main elevated expressway is 19.73 km. The project has a total of 27 km long 31 ramps for boarding and alighting.
First Dhaka Elevated Expressway (FDEE) Company Limited is the company investing in the expressway. It includes Italian Thai Development Public Company Limited with a 51 percent stake, China Shandong International Economic and Technical Cooperation Group (CSI) with a 34 percent stake, and Sinohydro Corporation Limited with a 15 percent stake.
According to the project, the first contract was signed on 19 January 2011. The review agreement was signed on December 15, 2013. The project completion period was from July 2011 to June 2024.