An epoch-making change in the development of Rajshahi city's road network is likely to happen within the next couple of months as the city corporation has been elevating its four major roads into four lanes simultaneously.
Besides, some more road development projects are being implemented at present under direct surveillance by Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton who is determined to ensure both speed and quality of the infrastructural development works, officials said.
Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) has been implementing the five road development projects involving around Taka 702.82 crore aiming at ensuring a comfortable road communication network in the city.
Population density has gradually been increasing in the metropolis with the influx of city-bound people and multiplication of high-rise buildings. Taking the issues into special consideration, the city corporation has taken steps to reshuffle the city's road system.
"We've adopted time-fitting measures of widening all the narrow roads besides transforming the existing curved roads into longitudinal ones with decorative looks in phases," Mayor Liton said, adding that public sufferings due to the road related problems will be mitigated.
He said the projects are being implemented to attain the cherished goal of developing a sustainable citizen-friendly living atmosphere.
A four-lane east-west connecting road from the Rajshahi-Naogaon highway to Mohanpur-Rajshahi-Natore highway is being constructed with the main thrust of building a strong and effective communication system.
Construction of a two-lane 327.5-meter flyover with ram on the railway track is one of the major components of the 6.793-killometer road construction project which is being implemented at a cost of around Taka 182.68 crore.
completion of the project works by this year end, the road will create scopes of improving socio-economic condition of the public in general side by side with reducing urban poverty, installing an easy communication system between the Rajshahi city and national and regional connectivity.
Another existing road from Kalpana Cinema Hall crossing to Talaimary is being elevated to four-lane with 2.20-meter wide footpath on both sides at a cost of around Taka 127.5 crore.
Two other roads, one from Upashahar crossing to Sonadighi crossing and other from Malopara crossing to Sagarpara crossing, are being widened.
The existing Bilsimla-Kasiadanga road is being elevated to a four-lane with separate 7.8-feet wide bicycle-lane and 10-feet wide footpath on both sides of the road along with a four-foot wide road divider at a cost of Taka 26.75 crore.