Tk 47.48b cost for southern corridor of BRT

Dhaka,  Thu,  24 August 2017
Published : 18 Jul 2017, 00:26:18
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Tk 47.48b cost for southern corridor of BRT

Second highest spending for land acquisition
Munima Sultana


The cost of developing southern corridor of the bus-based mass transit line from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) to Keraniganj has been estimated at Tk 47.48 billion with the highest spending for construction of Mohakhali bus terminal and depot.

According to the detailed design of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line-3 corridor which was finalised recently, the second highest cost was earmarked for land acquisition.  

Some 355 plots or 3.48 hectares of land have been proposed for acquisition to construct 22.3 kilometre line in 36 months.

The Korean consortium of consultants, appointed to carry out detailed designs and necessary studies, said although the project recommended use of mostly government owned-lands, the acquisition will affect mostly the lands of Roads and Highways Department (RHD) and 226 persons including 166 street vendors.  

Only 15 private land owners would be affected due to the project, said Pyong Namkoong, project manager of joint venture firm Sunjin, Singung and Dongbu Engineering.

The new bus service is likely to get over 330,000 passengers daily with the highest demand between Airport and Amtali stations, the report said. It showed travel time to be completed in 58 minutes.

Though the consultants of the World Bank-funded BRT project have found more challenges in implementing the southern part than the northern part of BRT, they proposed to have integrated service plan for ensuring passenger demand at different stations from Gazipur to Keraniganj.

The Asian Development Bank-funded project is implementing the northern BRT from Gazipur to HSIA which will be able to complete 20.2 km travel in 53 minutes.

According to the report, the southern part BRT will have 16 stations-all at the level of existing roads except two.

The Amtali station and Mohakhali stations have been proposed to be elevated due to lack of space.

Average distance of stations is nearly 1.5 km with commercial speed of 23 km per hour.

The consultants proposed to spend Tk 11.63 billion for the construction of Mohakhali bus terminal and bus depot and Tk 11.07 billion for land acquisition.

They also showed spending of Tk 10.19 billion for the construction of BRT-3, intersection modification, stations, underpass, box culvert, bridge and pedestrian structures.

According to the report, 126 feeder and local access roads were identified for improving its surface or capacity for better operation of the BRT.

Twelve foot over-bridges and eight underpasses were proposed at different stations to ensure easy access and exit to and from BRT-3.

Apart from Mohakhali depot, another depot has been proposed to be constructed at Keraniganj with almost the same facilities of fuelling areas, washing and cleaning plants, warehouse, mini-workshop, minor maintenance etc.

To consider the passengers' demand, the consultants recommended 242 single-decker articulated buses with the capacity of 140 passengers in each bus which would be operating in equal frequencies during both off and peak hours.

The consultant's report on the detailed design work was shared with the stakeholders at a workshop on Monday where speakers highlighted the challenges of utility shifting and traffic management in implementing the project, apart from land acquisition.

Project Director Anisur Rahman informed the workshop that the entire 22.3 km BRT line will be implemented in three phase - first from HSIA to Mohakhali bus terminal to enable the passengers from Gazipur and afterwards get access to the centre of the city.

He said the World Bank has initially hinted at funding this phase proposing to introduce shuttle bus services to reach hundreds of thousands of passengers to downtown including MRT stations at Farmgate.

Project Implementation Units will be opened in three agencies including RHD and Dhaka North City Corporation to carry nine major component works.

The workshop was attended by representatives from different government agencies including Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), DNCC, Dhaka Metropolitan Police, Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development project and Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges.

Executive Director of Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority Syed Ahmed attended the workshop as chief guest and Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Roads and Transport Md Faruque Jalil as special guest.

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