Implementation works of a major road construction project are progressing fast despite the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic situation at present.
Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) has been implementing the project for developing all the city's important roads and drains for the welfare of the city dwellers with an estimated cost of around Taka 172.98 crore.
City Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton revealed this while visiting the road carpeting works of a four-lane road from Bilsimla Railway crossing to Kasiadanga crossing to see for himself its progress.
The 30-feet road is being elevated to 80-feet at a cost of around Taka 26.75 crore. On both sides of the road, a 10-feet wide footpath and a seven-foot drain were constructed. Besides, a bicycle lane has been constructed besides an eye-catching island. Colorful and ornamental trees were planted on the island for greenery.
During his visit, Mayor Liton asked the officials concerned to maintain excellence on all stages of the development works so that the city dwellers can derive total benefits of the project.
Population density has gradually been increasing in the metropolis with the influx of huge city-bound people and multiplication of high-rise buildings. Taking the issues into special consideration, the city corporation has taken steps to upgrade the city's road and drainage system.
Mayor Liton said the city corporation has been implementing six projects to attain the cherished goal through developing sustainable citizen-friendly living after installing the scopes of quality physical infrastructural facilities of roads, drains and culverts.
A four-lane east-west connecting road from the Rajshahi-Naogaon highway to Mohanpur-Rajshahi-Natore highway is being constructed with the main thrust of building a strong and effective communication system.
Construction of a two-lane 327.5-meter flyover with ram on the railway track is one of the major components of the 6.793-killometer road construction project which is being implemented at a cost of around Taka 182.68 crore.
Upon completion of the project works by this year end, the road will create scopes of improving socio-economic condition of the public in general side by side with reducing urban poverty; installing an easy communication system between the Rajshahi city and national and regional connectivity.
To make the traffic movement unhindered through expansion of the road crossings, 132.27-kilometer roads, 49.21-kilometer drains and 19.5-kilometer footpaths beside some of the physical infrastructure are being constructed and developed in different areas at a cost of around Taka 172.98 crore.