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Skyrail, flyovers, waterways to decongest Dhaka


Dhaka : Bangladesh’s national capital is going in for a facelift that will include a skyrail, flyovers, underground railways and orbital waterways as part of the effort to decongest the city’s roads.

Dhaka, which has a population of over 10 million, also aspires to be a regional tourism hub.

“We are examining whether a regional tourism network can be built comprising Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Bhutan,” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told the Jatiya Sangsad (parliament) Wednesday.

A project to upgrade the Zia International Airport (ZIA), the country’s main entry point, was underway and a bridge linking some of the key points in the metropolis would provide better access to the airport, The Daily Star reported Thursday.

Besides the vehicles choking the city’s arteries, work will also be undertaken to remove encroachments on Buri Ganga, the river that surrounds much of Dhaka.

Established in 1608 and for long the seat of power of the Nawab of Dhaka, the city has witnessed a steep increase in population since it became the national capital in 1971.