An aerial view of the Mouchak-Moghbazar flyover. Construction of around
2km section of the flyover stretching from Holy Family Hospital to Sat
Rasta intersection has been completed and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
will inaugurate this portion tomorrow.
A two-kilometre section of the widely criticized 8.5km
Mouchak-Moghbazar flyover in the capital is set for opening to traffic
The four-lane carriageway linear section passes over the Moghbazar
level crossing and flies over Sat Rasta and Moghbazar intersections, two
intersections notorious for congestion.
It stretches from Sat Rasta intersection (Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmad
Avenue) up to Shaheed Captain Mansur Ali Avenue (Moghbazar) near Holy
Family Red Crescent Medical College Hospital.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to formally inaugurate the
section, said a project official. The inauguration was earlier scheduled
for March 26.
During a visit around the flyover site yesterday afternoon,
construction workers were seen busy doing some last minute patch-up
under the flyover section ready for inauguration.
The construction work of this portion was carried out hurriedly over the past few weeks to get it ready for inauguration.
As to why a section of the flyover was being hurriedly opened,
Project Director Nazmul Alam said, “We just wanted to open as much of it
to the public as is ready, since a high volume of traffic uses this
“The sooner we open it, the more it would help the people,” he said.
A layout of the flyover. Photo: Anisur Rahman
As to whether they had any estimate of the volume of traffic that use
this portion of the road, Nazmul said, “I can't say that instantly.”
He said they would open another two-kilometre stretch of the flyover
--from Banglamotor to Mouchak -- in June and rest of the flyover
covering Mouchak, Rajarbagh and Shanti Nagar by early next year. The
deadline for the project is June next year.
The Sat Rasta-Moghbazar section of the flyover would facilitate only a
portion of the existing traffic volume, as there is no provision for
right turns, said relevant experts.
Prof Shamsul Hoque, who worked as a technical expert on Strategic
Transport Plan of Dhaka, said it would help as a parallel alternative
diversion for traffic during the ensuing metro rail construction work
along Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue.
One may recall that the Local Government Engineering Division
embarked on the Tk 1200-crore controversial flyover scheme in early 2013
with a faulty layout configuration of 2005, ignoring mandatory approval
of Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority.
Workers doing the last-minute cleaning of the section of the flyover. The photos were taken yesterday.
The flyover aimed at resolving notorious traffic congestion in
Mouchak, Malibagh, Moghbazar and adjoining areas will hardly serve the
purpose, as it lacks necessary right turn provision, leading experts had
As a consequence, public transport vehicles rushing from Motijheel
through Shanti Nagar, Rajarbagh, and Mouchak will have no option to turn
right towards Tejgaon at Moghbazar intersection, they said.
The flyover received strong criticism that it would be an immovable
roadblock to the implementation of the mass transport services like
metro rail (MRT) and rapid bus service (BRT).
Two metro rail routes and two rapid bus service routes were
recommended in the Strategic Transport Plan along the road corridors,
now obstructed by the flyover.
Workers building the inauguration plaque of the Mouchak-Moghbazar flyover at Sat Rasta intersection in the
capital yesterday. A portion of the flyover will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina tomorrow.
It would primarily serve cars only for partial passage while the
footpaths and foot bridges in the project area would be reduced and
removed to give way to the flyover, they said.
Apart from ignoring mandatory transport coordination authority's
approval, the LGED did not involve relevant experts or hold any public
hearing on the flyover.
Initially, it was supposed to be completed in two years since
contract signing in late 2012. A total of 18 ramps, including eight for
ascending, are planned to land at Sat Rasta, Pragati Sarani, and FDC
intersection, near Holy Family Red Crescent Medical College and Hospital
at Eskaton Garden, Moghbazar, Rajarbagh and Shanti Nagar.