Description of the Project:
Greater Dhaka Sustainable Urban Transport Project [BRT Gazipur-Airport] was approved (project value is 20398.5 million BDT) by the government to implement 20 km long BRT route, starting from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport to Gazipur. Once BRT project is in operation, it will carry 20 thousand passenger/hour/direction and travelling time will be half of the present.
The major works included under the scope of the project are (i) construction of 20 km dedicated bus lane, out of which 4.5 km will be elevated 4-lane bus lane, (ii) reconstruction of 8-lane Tongi bridge, (iii) supply of 50 articulated buses (iv) construction of 7 flyovers, (v) construction of 1 bus depot at Gazipur, (vi) improvement of 141 access road (out of which 61 is in Gazipur), (vii) construction of high capacity drain, starting from Joydebpur intersection to Turag river, (viii) improvement of 6 markets in Gazipur and (ix) construction 20 km footpath along the total route.
Four consultancy services packages namely (i) Project Management Coordination and Capacity Building (PMCCB), (ii) Engineering procurement and Construction management (EPCM), (iii) Operational Design and Business Model (ODBM) and (iv) Resettlement Plan Implementation (RPI) are included under this project to (i) coordinate, (ii) design & procure, (iii) support in operation of BRT system and (iv) implement the resettlement activities respectively.
Out of the above-mentioned works and services, to construct 15.5 km Dedicated Bus Lane, to get the services of PMCCB, EPCM, ODBM, RPI consultants and to operate the Dhaka Bus Rapid Transit Co. Ltd. (SPO); BDT 11510.518 million will be spent under RHD. Out of this amount, GOB fund is BDT 2613.871 million and PA is BDT 8896.647 million.
Out of the above-mentioned works and services, to construct 4.5 km Elevated Bus Lane, to construct 8-lane Tongi and to construct 7 flyovers, BDT 6542.238 million will be spent under BBA. Out of this amount, GOB fund is BDT 835.783 million and PA is BDT 5706.455 million.
Out of the above-mentioned works and services, to construct a Bus Depot at Gazipur, improvement of 141 access road (out of which 61 is in Gazipur), to construct 12 km high capacity drain, starting from Joydebpur intersection to Turag river, improvement of 6 markets in Gazipur and to construct 20 km footpath along the total route, BDT 2345.733 million will be spent under LGED. Out of this amount, GOB fund is BDT 441.864 million and PA is BDT 1903.869 million.
A project Steering Committee (PSC) was formed on 19 May 2013 to provide Policy Guidance and Inter-agency Coordination during project implementation. This committee will be co-chaired by Secretary, Roads Division and Secretary, Bridges Division. For overall coordination and management of the project, a Project Management Unit was formed on 16 May 2013. This PMU is headed by a Project Coordinator, who is a Grade-2 officer.
To implement the project, 3 (three) separate Project Implementation Units (PIU) were formed under Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Bridges Authority (BBA) and Local Government Engineering Department (LGED).
Name of the Project / Program and ADB Loan No.:
Greater Dhaka Sustainable Urban Transport Project (BRT Gazipur-Airport). Loan No-2862/2863/2864-BAN
Name of the Project as per DPP:
Greater Dhaka Sustainable Urban Transport Project (BRT Gazipur-Airport).
Executing Agency & Implementing Agency:
Roads Division, Ministry of Communication
Roads and Highways Department
Bangladesh Bridge Authority
Local Government Engineering Department
01-12-2012 to 01-12-2016
Total Project Cost:
GoB :$45.4 million, BDT 38915.18 lac (17.8%
ADB : $160 million BDT 123504.91 lac (62.75%)
AFD : $45 million, BDT 37710.00 lac (17.65%)
GEF : $4.6 million, 3854.80 lac (1.8%)
Total: $255.0 million, BDT 203984.89 lac (100.0%)
Present Status of the Project:
Greater Dhaka Sustainable Urban Transport Project [BRT Gazipur-Airport] was approved in ECNEC on 20 November 2012 with an estimated cost of BDT 20398.5 million (GOB BDT 3891.5 million and PA BDT 16507.00 million) to implement 20 km BRT route, in between Hazrat Shahjalal Airport and Gazipur, within December 2012 to December 2016. By this time, loan agreement was signed with ADB (160 million USD), AFD (45 million USD) and GEF (4.6 million USD).
To operate, manage and maintain the BRT system, 100% govt. owned ‘Dhaka Bus Rapid Transit Company Ltd. (Dhaka BRT)’ was registered with RJSC on 1st July 2013. Recruitment initiatives of Dhaka BRT Company’s personnel including its Managing Director are under process.
An agreement was signed in between RHD and BTCL on 12 September 2013 to handover 5 acre BTCL land in Gazipur on which Gazipur BRT bus Depot will be constructed. Demarcation of land is completed by this time. This land will be handed over to RHD shortly.
The proposed multimodal hub is planned to be constructed in the Bangladesh Railway’s land near the Airport Rail Station under PPP scheme. This multi-modal terminal will facilitate interchange between two BRT route, railway network and airport terminals. The Proposed development is envisaged as a multi user facility (multi-modal) to include the BRT Terminals, a new railway station and some commercial development. A draft MOU was sent to Ministry of Railways on 30 April, 2013 with regards to construction of a Multimodal hub on Bangladesh Railways land near Airport Railway Station. Airport Rail Station under PPP scheme. To facilitate the construction of airport multi-modal hub, a Pre-feasibility study report was sent to Ministry of Railway.
The contract for “Engineering, Procurement & Construction Management (EPCM)” consultancy services was signed on 13 May 2013 and the contract for “Project Management Coordination and Capacity Building (PMCCB)” was signed on 21 April 2013and both the consultant already submitted their Inception reports.
The contract for Operational Design and Business Model (ODBM) consultancy services was signed on 04 July 2013 and NTP was issued on 07 July 2013. Inception Report was submitted on 22 September 2013. Consecutively, Field Traffic surveys are going on. Negotiations with existing bus operators in the corridor are carried out by the consultants. Fare system or mechanism to manage the fare for BRT system is under process.
Project Director, 2 Project Manager, 1 SDE, 2 AE & 2 SAE of PIU, RHD were appointed till date. Project Director and 1 Senior Asst. Engr. of PIU, LGED were appointed till date. Project Director and 1 Executive Engr. & 1 AE of PIU, BBA were appointed till date.
Foundation Stone of the project was laid by Hon’ble PM on 31 October 2013.
Challenges to Implement the Project:
Consolidation of the existing bus operators in the BRT route or to convince them to stop their bus service and operations in the mixed traffic lanes along the BRT corridor.
During the construction of physical infrastructure, followed by detailed design of the project, traffic management of the existing Gazipur-Joydebpur-Airport corridor will be another hurdle to make the project a success.
Land Acquisition and Resettlement Plan Implementation along the whole BRT route, followed by detailed design of the project.
Utility Shifting from the BRT corridor.