In 2002 - flyover under construction
Birds' eye view of the Khilgaon flyover
Photo credit: tmac
A train on the move
Labyrinth - known as 'Jilapir pyanch' (the convolution of a Jilapi)
Khilgaon, near 'Bishwa' road
To ease the nagging traffic congestion in the city center, the country's second and biggest fly-over was constructed at the busy road-rail intersection near Khilgaon, connecting Rajarbagh in the south, Malibagh in the west and Sayedabad in the east. According to the LGED, people of the eastern region of Dhaka had to lose three and a half hours everyday, as the rail crossing would close around 72 times a day to allow passage of trains. Those people are now able to move without much delay.
Construction of this 1.9-Km long and 14-metre wide flyover, having 543 piles, began in 2001 at a cost of Tk 81.75 crore, including expenses for land acquisition and compensation to the affected people. The flyover has a 780-metre main bridge and three ramps. The length of the flyover towards Sayedabad is 303 metres, Malibagh 190 metres and Rajarbagh 285 metres. The ramp towards Sayedabad is 220 metres, Malibagh 202 metres and Rajarbagh 222 metres. The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) built and opened to traffic in March 2005.