The government has undertaken a project of Intelligent Transport System (ITS) technology to cover the Dhaka-Mawa highway with a blanket of security. This will be carried out by setting up a 40 km traffic management center from Dhaka to Srinagar in Munshiganj via Keraniganj. The 122 crore rupee project will be funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), a development aid agency of South Korea. This information is known from the sources of the Planning Commission.
The Planning Commission source said this project will be presented at the next meeting of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) Executive Committee. In general, the planning minister has the power to approve any project proposal of less than 50 crores. But as it is a Rs 122 crore project, ECNEC approval is required.
According to the committee’s sources, the Korean development organization KOICA will donate 83 crores 20 lakh rupees as a grant to the project with an estimated cost of 122 crore rupees. To ensure a safe, reliable, sustainable and improved road transport infrastructure and operating system, the main objective of the project is to prepare an Intelligent Transport System (ITS) master plan, set up a traffic management center at the headquarters of SWAZ and implement ITS on the 40 km road of N-8 as a pilot project.
The rationale for carrying out the project is that with the development of the road network in Bangladesh, the volume and speed of vehicles on the roads has increased significantly. As a result, traffic accidents have also increased. The ITS system is very important to bring these vehicles under surveillance. When installed, it is possible to easily and quickly send information related to the number of vehicles on the road, speed, and accidents to the unit in charge of road control. If the project is implemented, time and energy saving, congestion and pollution and accident-free traffic system can be developed on Dhaka-Mawa road.
According to sources at the Ministry of Planning, the project was put on the agenda for approval at Tuesday’s meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC). If approved, the Roads and Public Roads Directorate (SOAZ) will implement this in the period from December 2025.
In the proposal of the project, the Road Transport and Bridges Department says that the launch of Padma Bridge has significantly increased traffic volume on Dhaka-Mawa National Highway (N-8), the only highway in Bangladesh. In addition, the risk of traffic accidents has also increased. The contribution of ITS to vehicle monitoring and integrated traffic management on the Dhaka-Mawa Expressway is undeniable. By bringing the road network under one monitoring system via ITS, traffic volume, speed, and accidents on the road can be passed on directly to the responsible road monitoring unit and Traffic Management System (TMC). This makes it possible to develop an efficient road network, a system that saves time and energy, is free from congestion and pollution and, above all, is accident-free.
The aim of the project is to prepare a master plan for an intelligent transport system to ensure safe, reliable, sustainable and improved road transport infrastructure and operations, by establishing a traffic management center at the headquarters and 40 km as a pilot project. Implementation of ITS on roads.
The main activities of the project include 576 people in consultancy services for 99.0 lakhs, installation of a 50 km fiber network at a cost of 2.70 lakhs, physical works (additional works including laying foundations) at a cost of 2.70 lakhs, traffic at a cost of 2.97 lakhs Management Center (TMC), Tk 12 crore CD VAT and other charges and Tk 83 crore will be spent on the formulation of the ITS master plan, CC Camera / Enforcement Camera / Variable Message Vehicle Detection System, ITS implementation-related manpower training.
The project has been included in the list of unapproved new projects to facilitate the receipt of foreign aid in the development program for the fiscal year 2022-23 with an allocation of Tk 127 crore. Korea International Cooperation Agency is providing a loan of Tk 83 crore 20 lakh for the project and the government is giving Tk 38 crore 83 lakh.