Friday, March 30, 2007

Mohakhali flyover and Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover

Mohakhali flyover, construction in 2001-02

Inauguration of flyover in Nov 2004

Bird's eye view (pic credit tmac)

From Banani end

Mohakhali-Tejgaon Industrial road on left

View of Mohakhali buildings from flyover

Container train pass underneath the flyover towards Kamalapur Railway station

Model of Gulistan-Jatrabari: 3rd flyover

Construction of 3rd flyover at Gulistan point, in Dec 2006

Flyovers in Dhaka:
According to World Bank, the population of Dhaka would rise between 22 - 25 million by 2020. Dhaka’s present 13 million population is growing at a fast rate. Dhaka is one of the most traffic congested cities in the world with unusual low per capita income of people (about $380) most of whom can’t afford cars. As Bangladesh prospers, congestion will get even worse.

Bangladesh has one of the highest rates of traffic fatality in the world and World Bank considers traffic safety a major public health problem here. Urbanization and more traffic will bring about more traffic accidents. The streets are hostile to pedestrians, the danger and inconvenience of walking or cycling in turn leads people to use rickshaws, CNGs or other motor vehicles which make the traffic more worse,

Mohakhali Flyover: Aiming to ease traffic congestion in the capital, provide better transport services and tackle urbanization problems, the first flyover (a 17.9-metre wide and 1.12-km long bridge) was undertaken at Mohakhali railway crossing in 1996 at Tk. 113 crore, financed jointly by the government and the World Bank. It took 5 years to finalise the process and the contract was awarded to a Chinese Company in Nov 2001. The flyover was completed and opened to traffic in Nov 2004.

Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover:
The country’s third flyover (after Mohakhali and Khilgaon flyovers) will be constructed in three and half years, with about Taka 700 crore private investment under BOOT (build-own-operate-transfer) system. The foundation stone for construction of Jatrabari-Gulistan flyover, the first such project to be built through private investment without involving any government fund or foreign loan support, was laid in June 2006. Dubai-based Belhasa-Accom and Associates Ltd will construct the flyover under the supervision of the DCC.

The 4-lane, 8-km long flyover, which is now under construction, is the third flyover in the country and also will be the longest one. The Dhaka-Chittagong highway, Dhaka-Maowa highway, Demra road, Syedabad Bus Terminal, Dayaganj, Hatkhola and Gulistan roads will be connected through this planned flyover. This flyover would resolve unbearable traffic jams at Jatrabari, Sayedabad, Motijheel, Gulistan, Dayaganj and Wari areas. It will also ensure smooth communication with Chittagong, Khulna, Barisal and Sylhet divisions.


Anonymous said...

What's the present situation of Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover? Many thanks for the beautiful pic..

Sumaiya said...

Would it be possible for me to contact you via email about some of the transportation issues that you have raised?
Please mail me at joyeeta[at]

Dina, Sweetu, Labu said...

with reagrds Sir,

i was going through some pics..than i saw yr blog...with some new pics of Dhaka...i Live in USA for long time..and really nice to see all the pics...
many many thnx...

Take care

Humaira said...

দেখার খুব আগ্রহ ছিল!
Thanks for the post.

Anonymous said...

A nonsense/ unnatural strategy to a sensed & logical action towards more than 500 of 20+ species of invaluable Gach at harsh Dhaka.

Logically the invaluable gach on both sides from Bishwa road point of the airport road to Banani are gradually being chopped down. We - the urban community has to sacrifice (better to say, let them be used in other purposes like fuel wood, furniture, housing et.) them for better, urgent and emergency need of easing traffic jam through fly over and railway crossing over pass. The 20+ gaches included Narikel, Khejur, Tal, Supari, Shimul Tula, Jhau, Sofeda, Tomal, Koroi, Kathal, Aam, Jam, Hijol, Eucalyptus, Shishu aged ranges from 3-25 years Interestingly there was (have been chopped down in last few days) a forest of Nagessor at Banani rail crossing.. All the gaches were useful for fruits, fuel wood, soil compaction through vast root system, air recycling, drainage of heavy rain water and strong wind barrier etc. They were also provided unnoticed benefits to citizens’ eye sights. It definitely/ unquestionably unfortunate to the gaches’ lives that we - the policymakers, professionals, media, business man, government and non government officials, activists, students, general public, development partners can’t imagine/ think yet to clear the space for more emergency development need not only by chopping them down, but also to try to save some of them by relocating some where else. For sure, from technical point of view, more than 50% of the death penalty could be avoided. Economically, the costing of relocating a gach will be lower than the benefits it will provide through out it’s next life. To some scientist, Nagessor is being considered as a promising source of biofuel (just burn a dry carnal of the seed, and see how many minutes the flame does continue). All the gaches will perform excellent on the Dhaka protection dam. Definitely it is a nonsense plan, but personally I will try to save and relocate at least one gach.

saidul said...

Please provide the full engineering plan of jatrabari gulishtan flyover

Engr. Reza said...

What are the design Load for Gulisthan-Jatrabari Flyover? Please insure that.. Heave Vehicle (Except Loaded Truck) allow to run over it?

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