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18 January, 2019 00:00 00 AM

Proposed Dhaka-Mawa road: A milestone in communication sector

The road will hopefully facilitate and accelerate road connectivity and socio-economic development of the country
Md. MuziburRahman
Proposed Dhaka-Mawa road: A milestone in communication sector

Dhaka-Mawa road will be constructed with an aim to connectivity between South-West region of Bangladesh especially with the rest of the of the country. It will connect with Khulna bridging through Padma Multi-Purpose Bridge which is now under construction. Government of Bangladesh has taken a bold step to make the Dhaka-Mawa road in 4 lanes, Dhaka-Khulna road in 8 lanesand assigned the responsibilities with Bangladesh Army to construct it in a stipulated time. The Bangladesh Army is doing this responsibilities day and night and trying their best to make it with hurry. They are constructing the road with a designated plan assisted by the foreign firm CHEC (China Harbor Engineering Company) and CCECC (China Civil Engineering Construction Company)and are helping acquisition process easy and comfortable with the collaboration of Deputy Commissioner Office, Dhaka.The acquisition process of this road has been going smoothly to hand-over the newly made road to the Roads and Highways Department as early as possible. This project requires 25.4301 acres of land of different mouza of DemraThana and Keranigonj Upzila of Dhaka districts and its length is about 33 kilometers. The feasibility study has been completed and the project is approved by the Ministry of Land. The notice under section 4 (preliminary notice of acquisition) of the Acquisition and Requisition Act-2017 has been served to all the owner/stakeholder of the local area and the concerned offices. The notice under section 7 has been issued and the notice under section 8 will be served soon after calculating the estimation of the project.

The land will be handed over to the Roads and Highways Department after the completion of the acquisition process of the project. This road will contribute significantly for our socio-economic development of the country. Our seaborne trade will increase in near future with increasing economic activities both home and abroad. This road will connect all possible connectivity networks across the Padma River.

 We know that our export-import goods are not smoothly handling because of not good road connectivity with the sea-port. Ninety percent (90 per cent) of total cargo were transported alone by Chattogram port while the ten percent (10 per cent) of that means only through Mongla. Container goods are also transported through railways but only four percent (4 per cent) of the total export load containers are transported from Dhaka to Chattogram port through railways which is also costly and time consuming. But the transport of containerizedgoods mostly depends on roadways. The major portion of the export goods are sent from Dhaka. The reason behind dependency on the roadway is that the export goods at first need to be sent on covered vans from the factories to the private container depots. Apart from the terminal, most of the container depots are located in Chattogram. So, the Dhaka-Mawa road will play a vital role for connecting Mongla port with Dhaka through Padma Bridge for handling our export-import goods and help directly or indirectly to our economic growth lessening pressure on Chattogram sea-port. Transport through the Mongla port would gain momentums after the Padma Bridge is constructed and commissioned. Economic significance is of this road is very important. Industrialization, habitation, trade and commerce will gear-up in both sides of the road. Small, medium and heavy industries will be grown up and there is a great opportunities of employment of the people.Recently, some industrialists have bought land and put bill-board of their future naming industries. With the transformation of industrialization from agriculture, the backward linkage industries/farms will also grow up for increasing demand of their raw materials. There will be modernization of agriculture (cultivation, irrigation, seed plantation, marketing of agro-products), dairy farms and animal husbandry instead of old cultivation method. Decentralization of economic activities is the greatest priorities of modern Governments of the world.

Increasing population, demand for human fundamental rights (food, shelter, cloth, medicine, education, medical treatment etc.) are increasing. If the road is made, economic activities will be expanded and decentralised in quite a significant way. It will contribute to the national income and GDP growth creating more employment opportunities reducing income inequality and disparity of the people.There are potentialities of setting up special economic zones in both sides of greater Dhaka-Mawa-Khulna road. Potentialities are also for tourisms and hospitalities. Domestic and foreign style Hotel and Motel can be set-up there and there will be a huge investment in that sector. A riverine scene, fishing, journey by boat, speed boat, by ship, will attract the traveller, inspectors and tourists from home and abroad near the Padma river.

Dhaka-Mawa road is a milestone in our communication sector which will facilitate and accelerate road connectivity, socio-economic development of the country and will contribute towards Bangladesh’s goal of sustainable development.

The writer is a contributor to

The Independent



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