Asian Development Bank will finance the augmentation of the country’s four highways into four lanes, the highways being Dhaka-Sylhet, Rangpur-Banglabandha, Rangpur-Bhurimari and Barishal-Faridpur.
One of the four lanes, in case of each of the highways, will be built for the slow-moving vehicles.
Manmohan Prakash, country director (in Bangladesh) of Asian Development Bank (ADB), disclosed this to Obaidul Quader, Minister for Road-Transportation and Bridges, at a meeting at the secretariat on Wednesday, according to a press release issued by the ministry.
ADB decided to get involved in the highway projects in response to a request of Bangladesh prime minister in this regard, the press release further said, referring to what Manmohan said.
In the meantime, feasibility study concerning the possibility of expansion of two of the four highways (Barishal-Faridpur and Rangpur-Bhurimari) has already been completed, Manmohan told the meeting.
Expansion of Joydebpur-Chandra-Tangail-Elenga and Hatikamrul-Rangpur highways into four lanes, as well as the development of Cox's Bazar-Ukhiya-Teknaf highway are in progress under the ADB financing.
The minister also thanked Manmohan for ADB’s continued support in building infrastructure in Bangladesh, the press release added.