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Govt plans to construct Dhaka-Chittagong

Bangladesh government is contemplating the construction of a four-lane expressway, in addition to the existing national highway, to improve connectivity between capital Dhaka and the port city of Chittagong.

Once completed, the distance between the two cities can be covered in just two and a half hours.

The government is also planning to run express trains between them. For that, a shorter rail route will have to be laid alongside the existing one.

This project would bring the travel time between the two cities down to one and half hours. At present, it takes at least six hours to cover the distance.

Secretaries to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, and the Ministry of Railways made a Powerpoint presentation of the drafts of the twin projects at a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban on Thursday.

The prime minister directed them to plan the projects by keeping in mind the scenario likely to emerge 20 years later.

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