The Kuril Flyover will be opened to traffic today, which is expected to ease traffic congestions in the city and cut down travel time.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will open the much-expected 3.1-kilometre flyover. After opening the flyover, it is expected to make the traffic flow smoother as around 87 trains currently cross the Pragati Sarani level crossing every day, halting traffic for about seven hours.
Project Builders Ltd of Bangladesh along with China Major Bridge Engineering Corporation has built the flyover with financial support from Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk).
The Prime Minister is scheduled to inaugurate the Kuril Flyover and Purbachal Balu bridge at 10:30am, said an official at Housing and Public Works Ministry.
The flyover, built on 12.7 acres of land, is 8.9-metre wide and 14.6-metre high having four loops - two ‘Y’ and two ‘U’.
Commuters coming from the west zone of the capital will use loop-1 to go to Pragati Sarani and Purbachal while that from Pragati Sarani and adjoining areas will use loop-2 on their way to Nikunja.
Rajuk had initially targeted December, 2012 for opening the flyover, but later it deferred the timeline twice to March and June this year.
On December 17, 2008, former chief adviser to the caretaker government Fakhruddin Ahmed laid the foundation stone of the flyover.
In March, 2010, the Awami League-led grand alliance government had approved the tender for the scheme at a cost of Tk153 crore though the project costs increased to Tk254 crore due to long delay.
Kuril Flyover opens to traffic today