BRT: Blessing or curse? | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, April 08, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, April 08, 2019

BRT: Blessing or curse?

Though the construction progress of Dhaka BRT Line-3 (Gazipur to airport) is at full swing now, it is still not up to the mark. In the last six years, progress has been only 20 percent while the budget cost, revised several times, has doubled. As this is the country's first BRT, there is a lot of enthusiasm among the citizens of Gazipur and Dhaka. But the sufferings of the people are increasing day by day, and the construction project now seems rather like a curse than a blessing for them. As the rainy season is knocking at the door, the situation may worsen.

Authorities do not properly plan how to control the traffic during the period of construction. In addition, the air is filled with sand and dust, making breathing impossible from dawn to dusk.

We all know about the importance of this mega project. But if the project is not completed in the estimated time, not only will it increase the costs but also the sufferings of the people.

Jubaeid Akram, By e-mail

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