The government has taken initiatives to turn Dhaka-Joydevpur-Mymensingh road into 10-lane. If it is constructed then it will be the first international quality expressway in the country.
The cabinet has approved a proposal in this regard which will cost 3,353 crore taka. Korea Overseas and Development Corporation will implement the construction work of the expressway under Public Private Partnership (PPP).
The proposal was approved in a virtual meeting of the finance committee presided over by Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on Wednesday. Later the minister informed the newsmen about the matter.
The Finance Minister said, approval of ‘Improvement Dhaka-Joydevpur-Mymensingh road into expressway with service both sides’ has been given. A South Korean company will construct the road.
He said, the existing road comprises four lanes and it will be widened. We have found good company. They with help of the government will perform the road widen activities.
AHM Mustafa Kamal said, the Korean company will bear all the expenses. The primary cost is fixed at 3,353 crore taka and the government will not spend any money for that. Because, the existing four lane road was constructed by the government. The extended road will be attached to the existing road. But the government will bear the cost of 280 crore taka for rehabilitation and 100 crore taka for utility services. The Koprean company will bear the rest 3,353 crore taka.
According to the Roads and Highways Directorate sources, if the 87.18 kilometers four-lane road between Joydevpur and Mymensingh is turned into 10-lane then it would take one and half hours to reach Mymensingh from Dhaka.
There will be emergency lane for running security vehicles, ambulance and VIP vehicles. Underpass and U-turns will be constructed after 2 to 3 kilometers distances. There will also be some interchange link roads.