The government signed a deal with the Malaysian government yesterday to construct a 13km flyover, 12,000 apartments in Uttara, and high-rises in Kamrangirchar of the capital.
The flyover will run from Shantinagar to Jhilmil Project in Keraniganj while the 12,000 apartments will be constructed in Uttara 3rd phase. The number of apartments in Kamrangirchar was not fixed yet, said Rajuk sources.
Housing and Public Works Minister Mosharraf Hossain and special envoy of Malaysia's government Dato Seri Utama S Samy Vellu signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the ministry.
"The flyover might be constructed on BOT basis or government-to-government basis, and a final agreement in this regard will come later," said Mosharraf.
No financial and technical details were made available to the press.
A primary design of the flyover has been prepared, and Malaysia's government is examining it, the minister said, adding that if they came forward with the final proposal, then a final agreement would be signed.
Mosharraf said they had a plan to construct one lakh apartments in Dhaka city, and as a part of that, they signed the MoU with Malaysia to construct 12,000 apartments in the Uttara 3rd phase.
Malaysia will submit the final proposal shortly, he said. "We will go for further agreement for the rest of the apartments as per their performance in the [Uttara] 3rd phase."
Mosharraf said Malaysia would use modern technology to build the high-rises which would have safety measures including prevention of earthquake damage.
An official of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha said 18,000 apartments would be constructed in the Uttara 3rd phase. Of them, 6,000 will be of "A" category (1,250 sq ft), he said.
Malaysia may construct 12,000 apartments--6,000 "A" type and 6,000 "B" type (1,000 sq ft), he added.
The Malaysian envoy said they would take 30 months to complete the work.
About the Kamrangirchar project, Mosharraf Hossain said the local residents living in a poor condition would be accommodated in the high-rises.