Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said all the national highways will eventually be converted into 4-lane ones to reduce the travel time of passengers.
Talking to UNB, the minister mentioned that the Dhaka-Chittagong and Dhaka-Mymensingh highways have already been converted into 4-lane ones, with the construction works on Rangpur-Elenga highways still going on.
He said the trade and commerce in Chittagong have got a great boost following the upgradation of Dhaka-Chittagong Highway, reducing the commuting time by almost half. “And this is also true in the case of Mymensingh.”
The one-way traffic has also played a significant role in decreasing road accidents.
According to sources at the Road Transport and Highways division, Bangladesh’s highway network of 21,302.08 km out of which 3,812 km fall under national highways, 13,242 km under district highways and 4,246km under regional highways.
A Highway Development and Management survey 2016 says that 79.6 percent of the national highways, 69.21 percent of the regional highways and 52.92 percent of the district highways fall under the ‘good-to-fair condition’ category.
Road Transport and Bridges secretary MAN Siddique told UNB that several projects have already been undertaken to ensure faster inter-district communications.