Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government wants to improve the country's road network to boost its socio-economic development. “The more the country's communication network is developed, the greater will be the changes in its socio-economic scenario,” she told the inauguration programme of the Saat Rasta to Holy Family Hospital part of the Moghbazar-Mouchak Flyover at the city's Officers Club.
The Saat Rasta-Holy Family Hospital part of the Moghbazar-Mouchak flyover was plagued with long tailback moments after it was opened to traffic yesterday.
Once built, the 8.70km Moghbazar-Mouchak flyover is set to become a permanent woe for Dhaka, with leading experts describing the Tk 1,219 crore structure as a massive block in the heart of the city. Around a year into the construction work in early 2014, it was detected by sheer chance that the much-hyped flyover was being built on a grossly faulty layout configuration without vital right-turn provisions and had a number of other flaws with serious consequences.
The initial cost of the Moghbazar-Mouchak flyover was Tk 7.73 billion and original completion of the project was December 2014.
The government yesterday increased the building cost of the Moghbazar-Mouchak Flyover Project by Tk 446.20 crore and extended the completion deadline by 18 months.
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) has approved revision of the Moghbazar-Mouchak Flyover Project with an extension of 18 months and increased cost of Tk 446.20 crore, raising the overall project cost to Tk 1,218.90 crore.