(pic: print media)
Aerial view of lake near Karwanbazar (pic: print media)
According to official data, the project includes a 9-km east-west connecting express road, an 8-km service road, 477 metres of bridges, a 9-km footpath, a 10-km lakeside walkway, a 260-metre viaduct, a 400-metre overpass, an integrated drainage management connecting Begunbari canal with Gulshan and Banani lakes, a sewer network, an aesthetic public space, recreation facilities in terms of walkways and urban beautification. There will be a theatre, viewing deck, landscaping, park and a police box.
Most of the project works have been completed except beautifications, threatre, restaurants, toilets, police box and two U-loops. The U-loops were incorporated in the revised draft project proposal, which is now being implemented in Badda and Rampura areas to avoid traffic congestion at Hatirjheel-Rampura intersection. The Hatirjheel-Begunbari lake is now connecting channel for Gulshan, Banani and Dhanmondi lakes. BGMEA bldg still standing- an eyesore in the middle of Hatirjheel lake. There are still some installations in the lake areas which should be cleared and the rail bridge widened enough for passing of boats from one segment to the other.