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PM Hasina to inaugurate final phase of Mouchak-Moghbazar flyover on October 26

| Updated: October 25, 2017 04:00:20

Final phase of Mouchak-Moghbazar flyover opens Thursday

The final phase of Dhaka's Mouchak-Moghbazar flyover will be inaugurated on Oct 26.

The new road will connect neighbourhoods in Razarbagh and Shantinagar to Moghbazar via Mouchak.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the final part of the much-discussed flyover through video call, said the project's director Susant Kumar Pal.

"The flyover will be open to traffic after it is inaugurated at 12pm Thursday by the honourable prime minister."

"Our work is finished. The roads below the project area have been repaired and coated."   

The 8-kilometre flyover with four lanes can be accessed through loops and ramps at Tejgaon's Satrasta, Hotel Sonargaon, Moghbazar, Holy Family Hospital in Ramna, Bangla Motor, Malibagh, Razarbagh Police Lines and Shantinagar intersection.

The section connecting FDC intersection to roads headed towards the Sonargaon Hotel was opened on May 17 this year, reports bdnews24.

On Mar 30 last year, the part connecting the neighbourhood around Holy Family Hospital to Tejgaon's Satrasta was inaugurated. Before that, the part connecting Eskaton to Mouchak was opened to public on Sept 15.

The project's construction went on for six years causing suffering to commuters and residents of the project areas.

Roads tattered during construction at Moghbazar, Mouchak and Shantinagar areas have contributed to losses suffered by local businesses.

The media reported a flaw in the flyover's design soon after the project's work kicked off on January of 2011. The project's foreign engineers designed the roads for left-wheel driving and left out right turns, experts had said.

There were also concerns about the design of its ramps.

Then during construction, one of the flyover's girders, being lifted by a crane whose cables snapped, fell on passersby, killing one and injuring two more on Mar 13 of this year.

The cost of the project is estimated at Tk 11.35 billion, which started as a two-year project in 2011 with an estimated cost of Tk 7.72 billion.

India-Bangladesh joint venture Simplex Navana Joyti, China’s Metalargical Construction Overseas Company (no 4) and Toma Constructions Ltd are implementing the project.

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