Two agencies are planning walkways at the same locations in Chattogram

Experts said taking on separate projects for the same purpose is a clear example of the lack of coordination between two agencies

April 17, 2022, 10:00 a.m.

Last modification: April 17, 2022, 10:51 a.m.

Most of the capital’s pedestrian bridges have little use for commuters and are instead occupied by peddlers. The photo was taken recently. Photo: Salahuddin Ahmed

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Most of the capital’s pedestrian bridges have little use for commuters and are instead occupied by peddlers. The photo was taken recently. Photo: Salahuddin Ahmed

Strong points:

  • CCC and CDA have planned footbridges at 4 intersections
  • CCC plans to build 4 overpasses at these intersections
  • CDA wants to build 6 footbridges at these crossroads
  • Agencies discussed plans for the project, but failed to avoid duplication

The Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) received approval from Ecnec for the construction of four footbridges at the KEPZ, Kathgarh, Lalkhan Bazar and Badamtali intersections in the port city about two and a half months ago.

Meanwhile, a Chattogram Development Authority (CDA) project to build six footbridges at the same intersections awaits Planning Commission approval.

Experts said it was a clear example of the lack of coordination between the city’s two service agencies. Despite repeated calls for coordination between government offices to avoid duplication of project work, officials from the two agencies are ignoring it.

According to CCC sources, Ecnec approved the project titled “Development of various roads including airport road and development of major infrastructure under Chattogram City Corporation” on January 4 this year.

Under the project involving Tk 2,490.96 crore, 38 overpasses will be constructed at 31 intersections across the city at a cost of Tk 58 crore.

According to the project proposal, 11 such footbridges will be constructed on the road connecting Lalkhanbazar area in the city to Patenga beach.

Meanwhile, CDA took on a project to build eight overpasses on the same road as part of the Elevated Expressway project. In October last year, CDA sent a proposal to revise the cost of the project to the Ministry of Housing and Public Works.

Later, the ministry sent the project proposal with a revised cost of Tk 4,550 crore to the Planning Commission. Tk12 crore has been allocated for the construction of eight footbridges under the project.

One footbridge will be constructed at Lalkhanbazar, two at Badamtali, one at Customs, two at KPZ, one at Kathgarh and one at Bangabandhu tunnel intersection under the project.

Both CCC and CDA have prepared plans to construct footbridges at KEPZ, Kathgarh, Lalkhanbazar and Badamtali intersections under their respective projects.

Architect Zarina Hossain, General Secretary of the Forum for Planned Chattogram, said: “We have complained about the misery of people caused by the lack of coordination between service providers, but the officials concerned do not pay attention. “

“Because of this, more than one project is taken for the same purpose. The heads of the relevant agencies are involved in unhealthy competition over these projects,” she added.

CDA chief engineer Kazi Hassan bin Shams said, “We decided to build these overpasses where the elevated highways are being built. The municipality did not inform us that they would be building overpasses in the CDA project area.”

“These footbridges will be constructed according to the needs of different stakeholders in the project area. There is no possibility for the municipality to work in the CDA project area,” the chief engineer of CDA said.

Rafiqul Islam, CCC’s chief engineer, said: “We discussed the project with CDA before taking it on. We did not include in our project the intersections where CDA planned to build footbridges. I don’t understand not how there have been repeats of project work despite all precautions.”

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