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Road work to remain suspended for 14 days before and after Eid

Published 10:42 pm | July 22, 2020

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Online Desk : Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has directed to suspend the work of flyovers and underpasses now under construction across the country for seven days before and for seven days after Eid-ul-Azha for public interest.

He gave the directive while speaking at an opinion-sharing meeting with senior officials of the Roads and Highways Department, project directors and additional chief engineers of various road zones through video conferencing from his residence in the capital on Wednesday. The meeting was held at Sarak Bhaban in the capital, a ministry press release said.

Quader said apart from preventing coronavirus infection during the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha, ensuring safe movement of the home-goers would be another challenge amid the monsoon and ongoing flood situation.

He stressed on taking an integrated plan to keep the exit points of Dhaka city and Tongi-Gazipur, Kaliakair-Chandra and Nabinagar-Chandra intersections free from traffic congestions.

Though the condition of roads and highways is now better than any time in the past, the highways may be damaged due to incessant rains, he added.

The minister also instructed the engineers of the Roads and Highways Department to remain ready to repair the roads through mobile teams if any of those gets damaged.

Stressing the need for paying special attention to the relatively old and vulnerable bridges located on various roads and highways, he said the risky bridges could be damaged at any time due to the flow of rainwater and floodwater and excess pressure of vehicles.

Chaired by Chief Engineer of the Roads and Highways Department Shahriar Hossain, the meeting was attended, among others, by Additional Chief Engineer Monir Hossain Pathan and additional chief engineers of different road zones.

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