The Roads and Highway Department (RHD) has been implementing seven development projects in Rajshahi division to improve the existing road network.
The projects are being implemented in Rajshahi, Naogaon, Chapainawabganj, Natore, Pabna and Sirajganj districts at a cost of around Tk 2,136.36 crore.
Habibur Rahman, additional chief engineer of RHD, told the news agency that a 6km pavement widening project (Tk 58.33 crore), including median construction works in Natore Main Road from Harishpur bypass crossing to Banbelghoria is almost completed.
Main goal of the project is to ensure smooth vehicular movement in Natore by this year. Under the project, footpaths and drains were constructed to ensure a proper drainage management system, which would help reduce waterlogging during monsoon.
Also, expansion work of a 74km regional highway at a cost of Tk 438.94 crore is also near completion. The highway is being widened to 7.30 metres.
People of the surrounding Bogura, Naogaon, Joypurhat and Rajshahi districts will be benefitted from the improved regional connectivity by this year.
The 22km regional highway from Shaheed M Monsur Ali Medical College to Kata Wapda crossing of the Nalka-Sirajganj-Saidabad highway is being elevated to four-lane under a Tk 264.26 crore project.
The improved infrastructure will establish an effective, efficient and demand-driven road network within the country’s eastern, southern and western regions. Upon successful implementation by June 2020, the project will enhance economic development through expansion and integration of markets and growth of international trade, said RHD officials.
A .27km railway overpass will be constructed at Ullapara under Sirajganj at a cost of around Tk 92.23 crore by June 2020 to improve the existing road network.
Under another Tk 201.30 crore project, the unfinished work of the 26km road from Naogaon to Natore highway via Atrai will be completed by this year.
Direct road link between Naogaon and Natore districts will be established upon implementation of the project.
Another 82km highway in Naogaon district is being elevated and widened under a Tk 314.70 crore project. It will help people in the project-related areas improve their socio-economic condition upon completion of the scheduled work by June 2020.
Meanwhile, implementation works of six other projects were completed at a cost of around Tk 456.24 crore during the last five fiscal years till June.
Roadside tree plantation activities on the improved roads are progressing successfully that will help reduce carbon emissions, said the additional chief engineer.
He said implemented projects are contributing in enhancing the living standards of people and the ongoing schemes will supplement the process.