RHD plays new trick as PC rejects revision proposal
The Roads and Highways Department (RHD) has taken up the second project besides the existing one for Dhaka-Mawa road upgrade after the Planning Commission (PC) refused to revise the costlier original version, officials said.
They said the road developer has undertaken a separate project at cost of Tk 41.12 billion for upgrading the 55-kilometre-long road, although it is executing a Tk 62.52 billion project to develop the same road.
Currently, Bangladesh Army on behalf of the department is working on upgrading the Dhaka-Mawa and Pacchor-Bhanga road to four-lane.
“The RHD has recently sent the second project proposal involving Tk 41.12 billion to the Planning Commission for completing the remaining work of the under-construction Dhaka-Mawa road,” an official said.
Earlier, the commission refused to revise the Dhaka-Mawa four-lane project about one and a half months ago on the grounds of excessive costs and big changes in the design.
The ministry of road transport and bridges recently sought the revision of the highway upgrades project increasing the cost by some 69 per cent to Tk 105.43 billion.
“We turned down the revision proposal of the Dhaka-Mawa four-lane road due to its higher cost and changes in design. We instructed the implementing agencies to complete the project in time with the existing cost,” said a senior commission official.
The commission had recommended the RHD prepare a different project proposal if it is required, he added.
But just after one and a half months, the department has sent a fresh project proposal of Tk 41.12 billion for the remaining work of the ongoing road project, the commission official said.
The under-construction Dhaka-Mawa and Pacchor-Bhanga road is regarded as the costliest road in the world.
Development experts raised question over undertaking two separate projects for a single purpose.