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Bangladesh Roads


Overview

The main road network of the country is under the Roads and Highways Department (RHD). Maintenance of the roads including bridges is carried out by RHD. There is approximately 21,483 km of roads under this department. The road network capable to carry vehicles has increased significantly and is increasing every year. Bangladesh government realises the importance of road maintenance and the RHD has given more emphasis on this subject. Only a few years back there was no proper planning and system for road maintenance and international agencies assisted the Government of Bangladesh to address and solve the problem.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges is the  body for formulation and administration of the rules, regulations and laws relating to road transport, national highways and bridges. Bangladesh has 4 ministries responsible for transportation within the country. They are:

The Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges has 2 Divisions : the Road Transport and Highways Division and the Bridge Division. RHD has again 4 components

 

Roads and Highways Department (RHD)

The Roads and Highways Department (RHD) within the Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges, is responsible for the management of approximately 21,483 km comprising 3 categories of road classes (National, Regional and Zilla road).

List of Officers- RHD

Sl

Office Name & Designation

Cell No

E-mail

1

Chief Engineer, RHD

01730782500

ce@rhd.gov.bd

2

Addl Chief Engineer (Dhaka Planning & Maintenance Wing)

01730782520

acepmz@rhd.gov.bd

3

Addl Chief Engineer, (Dhaka Zone)

01730782592

acedha@rhd.gov.bd

4

Addl Chief Engineer (Chattogram Zone)

01730782677

acechi@rhd.gov.bd

5

Addl Chief Engineer (Rajshahi Zone)

01730782703

aceraj@rhd.gov.bd

6

Addl Chief Engineer (Cumilla Zone)

01730782639

acecom@rhd.gov.bd

7

Addl Chief Engineer (Rangpur Zone)

01730782725

aceran@rhd.gov.bd

8

Addl Chief Engineer (Khulna Zone)

01730782754

acekhu@rhd.gov.bd

9

Addl Chief Engineer (Barisal Zone)

01730782782

acebar@rhd.gov.bd

10

Addl Chief Engineer (Sylhet Zone)

01730782660

acesyl@rhd.gov.bd

Road Network at a Glance

Road Data

Road length by classification

National Highway 

3,544.06 Km

Regional Highway 

4,280.02 Km

Zilla Road 

13,659.13 Km

Total Road Length 

21,483.21 Km

Road Length by Surface Type according to latest survey

Bituminous 

16,815.61 Km

Earth 

698.47 Km

HBB 

660.81 Km

Cement Concrete (CC) 

2.44 Km

Cement Blocks 

0.37 Km

Total Paved Road Length 

17,516.89 Km

Total Unpaved Road Length 

660.81 Km

Total Surveyed Road Length 

18,177.70 Km

Length of Road Not Surveyed 

3,305.51 Km

Number of Culverts

Slab Culvert 

3991

Box Culvert 

9441

Arch Masonry 

318

Pipe Culvert 

1

Total Number of Culverts 

13751

Number of Bridges

Truss with Timber Deck 

8

Truss with RCC Slab 

68

RCC Bridge 

325

RCC Girder Bridge 

4089

Steel Beam & RCC Slab 

335

PC Box 

9

Baily with Steel Deck 

1438

Baily with Timber Deck 

36

Truss with Steel Deck 

538

PC Girder Bridge 

895

Total Number of Bridges 

7741

Total Number of Structures 

21492


Categories of Roads

National Highways connect the national capital with different divisional and old district headquarters port cities and international highways. These roads have been categorised as National Highways considering the national importance and geographical positions. Each National Highway has been provided with a name and a number, such as Dhaka-Chattogram Highway has been numbered N-1 whereas N stands for National. This number can only be changed by RHD headquarters.


Highway No.

Detailed Route

Length

N1 

Dhaka (N8) - Katchpur (N2) - Madanpur (N105) - Mainamati (N102) - Cumilla (R140) - Feni (N104) - Chattogram (N106) - Manashertek (N107) - SaBDTania (N108) - Ramu (N109) - Cox's Bazar (N110) - Teknaf

455 km

N2 

Katchpur (N1) - Bhulta (N105) - Sarail (N102) - Jagadishpur (N204) - Shaistaganj (N204) - Mirpur(N207) - Sherpur (N207) - Sylhet (N205, *N208) - Jaintiapur - Jaflong

286 km

N3 

Dhaka - Progoti Sarani (N301) - Tongi (N302) - Joydebpur (N105, N4) - Mymensingh

112 km

N4 

Joydebpur (N3, R310) - Kadda (N105) - Tangail (N404) - Elenga (N405) - Madhupur (N401) - Jamalpur

146 km

N5 

Dhaka - Mirpur Bridge (N501) - Nabinagar (R505) - Manikganj (R504) -Muljan - Uthali (N503) - (ferry) - Natakhola - Baderhat (N505, N513) - Kashinathpur (N6, N504) - Shahjanpur (N515) - Banani (N514) - Bogura western bypass: Jahangirabad (N502) - Tinmatha (N510) - Matidali (N514, N515) - Mordern More (N506) - Rangpur bypass (N517) - Saidpur bypass (N518) - Beldanga (N508) - Thakurgaon - Panchagarh - Tentulia - IND (Banglabandha)

507 km

N6 

Kashinathpur (N5, N504) - Pabna bypass (N604) - Gaspara (N604) - Dasuria (N704, N705) - Banpara (N507) - Harispur (N602) - Chawk Bidaynath (N602) - Belpukur (N603) - Rajshahi (R680)

150 km

N7 

Daulatdia Ferryghat - Goalchamot (N803) - Magura (N704) - Arappur (N704) - Jhenaidah - Hamdah (N703) - Palbari (N707, N708) - Chanchra (N706) - Murail (N707) - Phultala (N709) - Khulna - (ferry) - Kudir Battala (N709) – Digraj

252 km

N8 

Dhaka - Mawa Ferryghat (R812) - (ferry) - Bhanga (N804, N805) - Barisal (N809) - Patuakhali

191 km

N102 

Sarail (N2) - Ghaturia (N103) - Brahmanbaria - Kuatali (N103) - Mainamati (N1)

82 km

N104 

Feni (N1) - Chowmohani (R140) - Noakhali - Somapur R140 connects to N809 at Lakshmipur

49 km

N105 

Kadda (N4) - Joydebpur (N3) - DeBoguram (N301) - Bhulta (N2) - Madanpur (N1) Dhaka eastern bypass, partly under construction

49 km

N106 

Chattogram (N1) - Hathazari - Rangamati

65 km

N107 

Manashertek (N1) - Boalkhali

12 km

N108 

SaBDTania (N1) - Bandarban (R161)

22 km

N204 

Jagadishpur (N2) - Chunarughat - Shaistaganj (N2)

34 km

N207 

Mirpur (N2) - Srimangal - Moulvibazar (N208) - Sherpur (N2)

68 km

N208 

Moulvibazar (N207) - Sylhet bypass (N2, N209)

59 km

N301 

Progoti Smarini (N3) - DeBoguram (N105) under construction

13 km

N302 

Tongi (N3) - Dhour (N501) - Yearpur (N511) - Baipal (R505) R505 connects to N5 at Nabinagar

18 km

N309 

Khagdahar (N401) - Mymensingh bypass (N3)

13 km

N401 

Madhupur (N4) - Khagdahar (N309) - Mymensingh (N3)

47 km

N405 

Elenga (N4) - Hatikamrul (N5, N507)

18 km

N501 

Mirpur Bridge (N5) - Berulia (N511) - Dhour (N302)

14 km

N502 

Natore (N602) - Bogura (N5)

63 km

N506 

Mordern More (N5) - Lalbag more (N517) - Barabari (N509) - Kurigram

50 km

N507 

Hatikamrul (N5, N405) - Banpara (N6)

51 km

N508 

Beldanga (N5) - Dinajpur (R585)

16 km

N509 

Baranari (N506) - Lalmonirhat - Patgram - IND (Burimari)

105 km

N511 

Berulia (N501) - Yearpur (N302)

13 km

N513 

Baderhat (N5, N505) – Khayerchar

11 km

N515 

Shahjanpur (N5) - Matidali Bogura eastern bypass, under construction

16 km

N603 

Belpukur (N6) - Paba - Kashiadanga (R680)

21 km

N702 

Magura (N7) - Jashore (N708, N706, N707)

44 km

N704 

Dasuria (N6, N705) - Ruppur (N705) - Kushtia - Arappur (N7) - Jhenaidah (N703)

81 km

N706 

Jashore (N702, N707) - Chanchra (N7) - Benapole (N711) - IND (NH35)

38 km

N709 

Khulna bypass: Phultala (N7) - Kudir Battala (N7)

27 km

N804 

Alipur (N803) - Bhanga (N8, N805)

32 km

N805 

Bhanga (N8, N804) - Bhatiapara (N806) - Gopalganj (R850) - Mollarhat (R856) Gopalganj section under construction

80 km

N809 

Barisal (N8) - (ferry) - Chatarmatha - (ferry) - Lakshmipur (R140) R140 connects to N104 at Chowmohani

50 km

Regional Highways connect different regions and new district headquarters not connected by National Highways and Zilla Roads. Regional Highways are named after National Highways of national importance. Names and numbers of these highways are decided such as Cumilla-Lalmai, R-140, whereas R stands for Regional meaning the Region. This number can only be changed by RHD headquarters.

Zilla Roads are defined as Roads connecting Upazila head quarters and other important rural centres with the existing Road network. Name and numbers of these roads are decided such as Akhaura-Agartala, Z-1203 whereas Z stands for Zilla.

Important Highway Conditions

Dhaka-Chattogram- Cox’s Bazar Highway General Information

Total distance

Approx 406 Km

Total travel time

9-10 hours

Road classification

National Highway

Security (Good, marginal, bad)

Security is good, while road safety is bad as in the entire country

Main towns/hubs

Dhaka, Narayongonj, Munshigonj, Cumilla, Feni, Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar

Seasonal variations

Floods may occur temporarilly during the Monsoon season

Bridges and Obstacles

4 (Kachpur, Meghna, Daudkandi and Karnaphuli bridge)

Traffic conditions

Congested in few choke points

Dhaka-Sylhet-Tamabil Highway General Information

Total distance

Approx 287 Km

Total travel time

5 to 6 hours

Road classification

National Highway

Security (Good, marginal, bad)

Security is good, while road safety is bad as in the entire country

Main towns/hubs

Dhaka, Tarabo, Borpa, Bhulta, Pachdona, Shahepratap, Itakhola, Bhairab, Sarail, Jagadishpur, Shaistaganj, Mirpur, Aushkandi, Syedpur, Sherpur and Tamabil

Seasonal variations

Floods may occur temporarilly during the Monsoon season

Bridges and Obstacles

2 ( Kanchan, Bhairab, Sherpur, Keane and shari bridge)

Trafic Condition

Congested in few choke points

Dhaka-Banglabandha Highway General Information

Total distance

Approx 529 Km

Total travel time

11-12 hours

Road classification

National Highway

Security (Good, marginal, bad)

Security is good, while road safety is bad as in the entire country

Main towns/hubs

Dhaka, Manikgonj, Pabna, Sirajgonj, Bogura, Gaibandha, Rangpur, Nilphamari,Dinajpur, Thakurgaon and Panchgarh. But shortcut is following N4 upto Jamuna bridge (via Gajipur and Tangail)

Seasonal variations

Floods may occur temporarily during the Monsoon season

Bridges and Obstacles

Jamuna Bangabondhu bridge)

Trafic Condition

Congested in few choke points

Dhaka-Jashore- Benapole Highway General Information

Total distance

Approx 234 Km

Total travel time

7-8 hours

Road classification

National Highway

Security (Good, marginal, bad)

Security is good, while road safety is bad as in the entire country

Main towns/hubs

Dhaka, Manikgonj, Faridpur, Magura, Jashore, Benapole (Follow N5, N7, N702 and N706)

Seasonal variations

Floods may occur temporarilly during the Monsoon season

Bridges and Obstacles

(Paturia Ferry and Modhukhali Bridge)

Trafic Condition

Congested in few choke points

Dhaka-Gopalgonj-Mongla Highway General Information

Total distance

Approx 240 Km

Total travel time

7-8 hours (excluding Ferry time)

Road classification

National Highway

Security (Good, marginal, bad)

Security is good, while road safety is bad as in the entire country

Main towns/hubs

Dhaka, Munshigonj, Mawa, Bhanga (Madaripur) (following N8), Gopalgonj (following N805), Bagerhat, then follow N7 to reach Mongla.

Seasonal variations

Floods may occur temporarilly during the Monsoon season

Bridges and Obstacles

Babubazar/Postogola, Dhaleshwari bridge, Padma bridge/Ferry, Arial Khan and Mollahat bridge)

Trafic Condition

Congested in few choke points

Development Projects

The Bangladesh Road Master Plan 2007 estimated the medium growth forecast of both freight and passenger transport which will be 6% over the master plan period of 2005-25. As such, issues related to road network have been identified by RHD, which are follows:

  • National Highways are needed to be upgraded into 4/6 lanes with medians to commensurate with higher traffic growth and to improve road safety
  • Construction of new bridges to ensure uninterrupted traffic flow including replacement and major repair of existing old narrow bridges for ensuring safety
  • Road safety to be properly addressed in road design and enforced in traffic management
  • Developing comfortable road network to enhance the tourism industry
  • Maintenance needs a higher priority, more resources, improved management reform and better quality standard
  • Institutional reform, and
  • Digitalization of RHD activities

In addition, LGED under the purview of rural road master plan has been developing the farm to market roads. It has prioritized Upazila, Union and Village roads and a target was set for development of additional 22000 Km Upazila and Union Roads in future. The low lying topography requiring a substantial raised earth embankment of

all kinds of roads, frequent flooding during monsoon due to global climate change phenomena and washing out the road embankment are emerging of challenges of the sector.

Important Ongoing Projects

Construction of Tunnel under the River Karnaphuli, Ctg

The implementation work of 3.40 kilometer long tunnel under the river Karnaphuli at a cost of BDT.8,446.46 crore is progressing and 20 percent of physical work has already been completed. This tunnel will connect west part of Chattogram city to East part, reduce traffic jam and ease direct road communication among Dhaka- Chattogram-Cox’s Bazar. Besides, it will contribute to GDP growth about 0.16 percent. The project has been approved in the ECNEC meeting in 24 November 2015. Land acquisition and preparation of detailed design work is in progress.

Construction of BRT Lane (Elevated Section)

 Steps have been taken to construct of 20 kilometer long Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lane at the cost of BDT.2,039.85 crore from Gazipur to Hazrat Shah Jalal(R) international Airport. Bangladesh Bridge Authority (BBA) is responsible for implementation of 4.5-kilometer elevated section. The implementation work is progressing and expected to be completed in 2020

Construction of Dhaka-Ashulia Elevated Expressway

To construct about 24-kilometer-long Dhaka-Ashulia Elevated Expressway from Hazrat Shah Jalal (R) international airport to EPZ through Ashulia, the project has been approved by the ECNEC with an estimated cost of BDT. 16,901.32 crore. To construct the expressway on G-to-G basis, commercial agreement has been signed with a Chinese Government nominated company. It is expected to complete the project by 2022. It will connect Asian Highway Network and almost all National Highway. Moreover, it will reduce traffic congestion in Abdullahpur-Ashulia-Baipail-Chandra corridor.

Construction of Dhaka East-West Elevated Expressway

To construct about 39.24 kilometer long Elevated Expressway from Baliapur of Dhaka-Aricha highway to Langolbond of Dhaka-Chattogram road through Nimtoli-Keranigonj-Fatulla-Bandor, PDPP has been approved with an estimated cost of BDT.16,388.50 crore. Malaysian Government has given proposal to construct it through G-to-G basis. This expressway will connect National Highways and Asian Highway. It will reduce traffic congestion in and around Dhaka city and traffic from Chattogram, Sylhet and other eastern part and from south western region through Padma Bridge to the north-western districts will be convenient.

Conduct Feasibility Study to Construct Subway (Underground Metro) in Dhaka city

Initiative has been taken to construct subway in order to reduce traffic jam in Dhaka city. In this process 4 preliminary alignments have been selected. But present plan is to construct route-1 (Tongi- Airport- Kakoli- Mohakhali- Moghbazar- Palton- Shapla Chottor-Sayedabad- Narayangonj Signboard) and Route-2 (Aminbazar-Gabtoli-Asad gate-New market-TSC-Ittefaq-Sayedabad). To conduct Feasibility Study, the consultant has been appointed with the cost of BDT.219.44 crore and study will start very soon.

Feasibility Study of Tunnel Under the River Jamuna

Initiative has been taken to conduct feasibility study to construct tunnel under the river Jamuna which connects Gaibandha and Jamalpur district. The study will start in time after approval of proposed project by the concern authority.

Construction of Other Large Bridges

In order to maintain uninterrupted road network, initiatives have been taken to build new bridges at different location. As a part of this, feasibility study for construction of bridges at ‘Rahmatpur-Babugonj-Muladi-Hijla’ roads over Arialkha river, at ‘Lebukhali-dumki-boga-Doshamina-golacipa -Amragachi’ roads over Golacipa river, at ‘Kocua-betagi-Potuakhali-Lohalia-Kalia’ roads over Payra river has been completed. PDPP has been approved for these three proposed bridge costing of BDT.1,944.24 crore. It is expected that construction of these bridges will start very soon.

Moreover, feasibility study is going on for 5 other bridges; over Payra river in Patuakhali-Amtoli-Borguna roads, over Karkhana river in Bakergonj-Baufol road, over Meghna river in Bhulta-Araihazar-Nabinagar roads, over Bishkhali river in Borguna-Pathorghata road and over Tetulia and Kalabodor river which connect Barishal with Bhola. Construction work of these bridges will start in time.


Road Distance Matrix

Distance Matrix for all the districts of Bangladesh is shown as a chart below:

 

Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA)

Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) was Established under section 2A of Motor Vehicle Ordinance 1983, (Amendment-1987) Vide SRO No-303/Law/87/MVRT/1E-7/84(part), Dated 20/12/87 and has been functioning since January 1988. BRTA is the regulatory body to control, manage and ensure discipline in the road transport sector and road safety related areas in Bangladesh. It is an authority under the Ministry of Roads and Bridges for carrying out the purposes mentioned in the Motor Vehicle Ordinance, 1983. The Chairman is the chief executive of the authority. He exercises such power and performs such function as prescribed by rules and assigned by the government from time to time. For further details please see http://www.brta.gov.bd

 Activities of BRTA

  • Controlling and regulating road transport by executing motor vehicle acts, issuing route permits and fixing rates and fares of buses and trucks
  • Conducting regular activities like: Issuing driving license, fitness certificates, registration certificates and Driving Instructor's license
  • Registering schools for motoring
  • Organizing and conducting workshop Seminars for delivering information regarding safe driving and traffic regulations
  • Making research and development for developing ideas and methodologies for safe road transport and traffic system.

BRTA Office Address

Tel / Email

Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA)

Head Office: “BRTA Bhaban”
Chairmanbari, New Airport Road
Banani, Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh.

Phone: +88-02-55040711
Fax: +88-02-55040712
Email: info@brta.gov.bd


 

Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC)

The Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) is the state-owned transport corporation of Bangladesh. It was established under the Government Ordinance No.7 of 1961 dated 4 February 1961. Following the independence of Bangladesh in 1971, it assumed its current name. BRTC is a semi-autonomous corporation under the Ministry of Roads and Bridges. BRTC provides both passenger and cargo transport services.

BRTC operates 3 international bus services (Dhaka to Kolkata, Agartala, and Siliguri in India). Inside Bangladesh, it operates inter-district bus services through its bus depots in Chattogram, Bogura, Cumilla, Pabna, Rangpur, Barisal and Sylhet. It also operates intra-city bus services in many major cities of the country. For transportation of cargo, BRTC operates a fleet of 170 trucks. About twenty percent of the government food transport uses BRTC's trucks. The two main truck depots are located at Dhaka and Chattogram.

BRTC's main driver training institute is located in Joydevpur, Gazipur District, about forty kilometres north of Dhaka. It also has several other training institutes located in Chattogram, Bogura, Khulna, and Jhenaidah. For more details please see: http://www.brtc.gov.bd/

 Activities of BRTC

  • To operate road transport services for both passengers and cargo.
  • To provide safe, reliable and efficient transport service at an affordable fare.
  • To facilitate private sector in transport service and introduction of new routes.
  • To play strategic interventional role at the time of emergency.
  • To provide training facilities for Drivers, Mechanics and in transport management in order to develop skilled manpower in the road transport sector for both home and abroad.
  • To utilize BRTC's land and properties for additional revenue earnings for subsidizing the unprofitable bus routes and services for disabled, women's, students, government employees, poor and destitute etc.
  • To contracting out and sub-contracting the buses to the able private owners so as to promote

competition for quality services and co-existence of the public-private relationship in the road transport sector for greater private sector participation in the operation of BRTC buses.

  • To research vehicle and engine types and safety considerations for bringing harmony in operation of the bus and truck services and to combat the air pollution's factor for better environment.

List of BRTC Officials are as follows:

NameDesignationPhone (Office)Email

Mr. Farid Ahmed Bhuiyan (Additional Secretary)

Chairman

02-9554350

Cell: 01817-092917

chairman@brtc.gov.bd

Md. Hamidur Rahman

Director (Admin)

02-9551944

Cell: 01712690335

hamid773@gmail.com

Dr. Nasim Ahmed (Joint Secretary)

Director (Finance)

02-9585909

Cell: 01740-452324

nasim5905@gmail.com

Colonel Md. Mahbubur Rahman

Director (Technical)

02-9557952

Cell: 01743094449

mahbub4029@yahoo.com

Md. Kamrul Islam

General Manager (Admin & Personal)

02-9555807

Cell:  01700565856


Md. Amjad Hossain

General Manager (Accounts)

02-9551985

Cell: 01711038883

amjadpfa@gmail.com

Major Alimur Rahman

General Manager (Technical)

02—9565774

Cell:01914495939

alim5369@gmail.com

Nur-E-Alom

Secretary, BRTC

02-9587355

Cell: 01711-435213

secretary@brtc.gov.bd


BRTC Bus Depots

Sl

Name of Depot

Office

Mobile

1

Motijheel Bus Depot

9333803

01714-293920

2

Joarshara Bus Depot

58951778

01711-302124

3

Kallyanpur Bus Depot

9002531

01818-485388

4

Double Decker Bus Depot

9002395

01711-391514

5

Mohammadpur Bus Depot

-

01734-053991

6

Gabtoli (Utholi) Bus Depot

-

01711-578744

7

 Gazipur Bus Depot

9261443

01711-435213

8

Narayangonj Bus Depot

7646915

01712-187790

9

Norsingdi Bus Depot 

-

01716-473972

10

Cumilla Bus Depot

081-61988

01716-684144

11

Sonapur Bus Depot 

-

01758-880011

12

Chattogram Bus Depot

031-683423

01919-465266

13

Sylhet Bus Depot

-

01717-763820

14

Bogura Bus Depot 

051-66145

01718-700478

15

Pabna Bus Depot

0731-64768

01711-302124

16

Rangpur Bus Depot

0521-64110

01817-782866

17

Khulna Bus Depot

041-786143

01714-240653

18

Barisal Bus Depot

0431-63793

01717-438644

19

Dinajpur Bus Depot

-

01712-382144

BRTC Truck Depot

1

Dhaka Truck Depot

02-9112103

01716-039588

2

Chattogram Truck Depot

031-684058

-

Dhaka Transport Co-ordination Authority (DTCA)

Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority was established on 02 September 2012 to prepare strategic Transport Plan and provide regular supervision and co-ordination for all possible planning for transportation infrastructure development works within Dhaka city and adjacent districts. DTCA jurisdiction covers 7400 Sq km that includes districts of Dhaka, Narayangonj, Munshigonj, Mankgonj, Gazipur and Narsingdi district including Dhaka North City Corporation, Dhaka South City Corporation, Gazipur City Corporation and Narayanganj City Corporation. BTCA is responsible to provide a planned modernized transportation system for greater Dhaka area and Ensure safe, reliable, faster and affordable Public Transport by introducing integrated transport planning.

Objectives and Functions of DTCA

  • To ensure interagency cooperation and coordination in transportation sector
  • To ensure an integrated and planned transportation system formulation
  • To introduce and expand Mass Rapid Transit system
  • To improve traffic management
  • To improve public transport level of service
  • To develop and construct mass transit system as part of an integrated public transport network
  • Design, planning and construction of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system
  • Review and modification of the Government approved Strategic Transport Plan (STP) and to provide advice and guidance for other agencies
  • Traffic impact assessment of government or private owned high rise building and any housing project and issue permit for traffic circulation plan
  • Plan, coordinate and approve recommended transport projects of other agencies
  • Route and network planning to develop an efficient public transport network
  • Manage central fare collection and establish and manage clearing house

Road Security

Vehicles without fitness, unskilled drivers, violation of traffic rules, absence of proper road marks and poor maintenance condition of roads, etc. have contributed to an alarming number of road accidents.  Road accidents have become a daily and deadly phenomenon in Bangladesh that has one of the worst crash rates in the world, at more than 60 per 10,000 registered motor vehicles. The official death toll for road traffic accidents is about 4,000 a year. Road safety activists blame shoddy roads, poorly maintained vehicles and reckless drivers for such fatal accidents causing thousands of deaths every year. Research studies show multifaceted causes of road accidents ranging from population explosion, unplanned urbanisation, and tremendous growth of motorised as well as non-motorised vehicles. Improper traffic management is also termed a major cause of road accidents. According to the Bangladesh Jatrikalyaan Samiti's database, 7,397 people were killed in 4,979 road accidents with 16,193 casualties only in 2017. Government intervention to this effect has stopped race of accidents but more pragmatic measures are urgently required.

Road Safety measures taken by the Government

A road redesign project is being implemented through identifying the accident black spots on the national highways. The intensity of road accidents has been reduced due to proper maintenance of road and straightening of road alignment. The ‘Improvement of Black Spots in National Highways’ for the treatment of 121 black spots at an estimated cost of BDT.168.05 crore has been completed during FY2016-17. On the other hand, a vast program for safety on road through overload control by means of installing weighbridge at each important traffic origination point, signing and signaling of roads is under implementation for a long time. In addition, a feasibility report was submitted by the Accident Research Institute (ARI) on accident-prone spots that were identified by the Highway Police to reduce the accidents to a minimum level. The approval process of the project ‘Establishment of necessary sign and road marking on National and Regional Highways and development of dangerous risky corridor in the identified risky areas’ is in progress in order to set up sign and marking at 128 new spots.

At present, a study project to design properly of at 752 intersection points at a cost of BDT.3.24 crore. An investment project will be taken up for the development of intersection points according to the project design.

 Bridges of Bangladesh

All the bridges & tunnels having length of 1500 m or over are looked after by the Bangladesh Bridge Authority (BBA). BBA is an autonomous organization under the Bridges Division with a total manpower 211 staff. the Bridges Division under the Ministry of Road Transport & Bridges was established in March 2008, and has played an important role in the transport sector of the country. As per the Rules of Business, implementation & maintenance of bridges, toll road, flyover, expressway, causeway, ring road etc. have come under the purview of this Division. Head office of BBA is at “Setu Bhaban”, New Airport Road, Banani, Dhaka.

Contact list of important officers of BBA are:

NameDesignationPhone (Office)MobileEmail

Khandker Anwarul Islam

Executive Director

+880255040333

01755589048

ed@bba.gov.bd

Md. Rezaul Haider

Director (Administration)

+880255040310

01700716307

dir-admn@bba.gov.bd

Dr. Md.Golam Faruque

Director (Planning & Development)

+880255040312

01715126819

dir-pnd@bba.gov.bd

Quazi Muhammad Ferdous

Director (Tech)

+880255040313

01715102074

dir-tech@bba.gov.bd

MD. Rupam Anwar

Additional Director (Planning & Development)

+880255040340

01700716310

addldir-pnd@bba.gov.bd

Mahmood Ibne Kasem

PS to Executive Director

+880255040320

01700716311

ps@bba.gov.bd

 

Major Bridges in Bangladesh

In recent years, the construction of a number of bridges such as the Bangabandhu Jamuna Bridge, Meghna Bridge, Meghna-Gumti Bridge, Bangladesh-China Friendship Bridge, Shambhuganj Bridge and Mahananda Bridge as been completed. It has established a strategic link between the East and the West of Bangladesh has integrated the country, is generating multifaceted benefits to the people and promoting inter-regional trade. Apart from quick movement of goods and passenger traffic, it is facilitating transmission of electricity and natural gas and has integrated the telecommunication links. 

Major Bridges of Bangladesh are:

Name of Bridges 

Name of Roads

Length (M)

Jamuna Bridge (Under Jamuna Bridge Authority)

Dhaka – Bogura

4800

Lalon shah (Paksey) Bridge

Ishwardi - Kustia Road

1786

Meghna - Gumti (Daud Kandi) Bridge

Dhaka - Chattogram

1408

Khan Jahan Ali (Rupsa) Bridge

Khulna-Mongla/Bagerhat/Gopalgonj

1360

Bangladesh UK Friendship (Bhairab) Bridge

Dhaka – Sylhet

1194

2nd Buriganga Bridge

Dhaka-Gopalgonj

1016

Meghna Bridge

Dhaka - Chattogram

930

Gabkhan Bridge

Barisal - Patuakhali

918

Hajrath Shah Amanath Bridge

Chattogram - Cox's Bazar

914

Ist Bangladesh China Friendship (Postagola) Bridge

Dhaka-Gopalgonj

848

Kaliganga Bridge

Dhaka – Aricha

647

Gorai Bridge

Faridpur – Jashore

630

Karotoa Bridge

Boda – Debigonj

572

Bagabari Bridge

Pabna – Sirajgong

570

Dhaleswari Bridge

Dhaka – Mawa

492

Shambugonj Bridge

Mymensing - Haluaghat

464

Mohananda Bridge

Rajshahi - Nawabgonj

448

Brahmaputra Bridge

Dhaka – Sylhet

443

Bridges under Construction by RHD

Padma Multipurpose Bridge

Dapdapia Bridge

2nd Sitalakhya Bridge

3rd Karnafuly Bridge

3rd Buriganga Bridge

Tista Bridge


Other Ongoing Projects

Feasibility study project for 4 bridge project

International Corridors Leading to Bangladesh

Bangladesh has the potential to become a transport and transshipment center for the sub-region. It borders India and Myanmar and is geographically close to Bhutan, Nepal, and Kunming—the key transportation hub in southwest People’s Republic of China (PRC). With the opening of the Bhangabandhu Bridge over the Jamuna River and the ongoing Padma multipurpose Bridge, the Dhaka–Chattogram transport corridor and other strategic transport corridors can facilitate trade between Bangladesh and the North-Eastern states of India, the Indian state of West Bengal, Bhutan, and Nepal, thereby attracting more foreign and domestic traffic to the country.

South Asia is the least integrated region and the cost of trading across borders is one of the highest in the world. Co-operation with its neighboring countries offers benefits to Bangladeshi owned road, rail and water transport services and port services. Integrating the transport network of South Asia is important to Nepal, Bhutan, and regions such as northeast India as it will end their landlocked or semi-isolated status. Within such a framework, Nepal, Bhutan, and the northeastern region of India would have the benefit of improved access to the ports and important economic centers of the region, and a choice of routes and modes.

Given the large potential for reduction in transportation costs, allowing the landlocked region of North-Eastern India, Bhutan, and Nepal access to Chattogram port through Bangladesh’s eastern border or to Mongla port through its northwestern border has been a key issue among concerned authorities. Defining the corridors, strengthening the systems and facilities at the borders, upgrading the roads / bridges, and bilateral negotiations for agreements will definitely improve the conditions for trucks or containers to exchange cross-border freight wagons.

Road transport has been playing a dominant role carrying bilateral trade between Bangladesh and India. Nearly 70-80% of all overland trade between Bangladesh and India passes through Benapole/Petropole border point. However, the only road connecting Benapole/Petrapole with the Kolkata is still 5.5 meter wide, and highly congested.

In the context of Nepal-Bangladesh, although India has allowed a route (by road) between these two countries across the “Chicken Neck” for bilateral trade, yet goods are required to be transshipped at Banglabandh border point. This route is more than 1300 km long, as such not very cost-effective, consequently very little used. Since this route cannot be used for third country trade, Nepal's export and import traffic uses Kolkata port, which is often congested compared to Bangladesh seaport of Mongla, which has spare capacity and a direct broad-gauge link with Birgunj (Nepal) through Rauxal Indian border point. But for this route and Mongla port to be used for third country trade of Nepal, India has to agree to such transit arrangement.

Asian Highway

The Asian Highway (AH) projects of UN-ESCAP have already identified the major road links among the countries of South Asia. Subsequently, the SAARC Regional Multimodal Study (SRMTS) completed in 2006, also identified a number of routes which could provide efficient regional connectivity. The connectivity to all the 3-hinterland countries/territories should be conceived within the framework of regional economic integration, where all natural and environmental resources, facilities and opportunities should be exploited for the benefit of all countries in the sub-region.

Bangladeshi national highways are all 2-lanes only, but extensively used. These highways were built based on an axle-load limit of 8.2 tons compared to 10.2 tons axle load limit in India, Nepal and Bhutan. India has now adopted 12-ton axle load limits. Most of the trucks used in neighboring countries are usually over-loaded. As such it would not be desirable to allow these overloaded vehicles to move along Bangladeshi road network. Major road networks of Bangladesh, however, needs to be upgraded to expressway standards with higher axle-load limits. 

The SAARC Regional Multimodal Transport Study (SRMTS) recommended a number of routes to strengthen connectivity among the countries and territories of North-Eastern sub-region of South Asia. Out of these, the following routes could be opened immediately to facilitate movement of goods and passengers.

  • Road Route-1: Petrapole Jashore-Dhaka (via ferry) - Sylhet- Tamabil (Indian border) with a link to Agartala.

  • Road route 2: Kathmandu – Kaharvitta – Phulbari – Banglabandha – Mongla/Chattogram  

  • Road route-3: Thimphu – Phuentsholing – Jaigon – Chengrabandha – Burimari – (i) Chattogram (966 km), and/or (ii) Mongla (880 km)


For additional information, please see the following documents: 


Note: The information provided in the attached documents, which has been taken from the old DLCA, does not match the structure of the new LCA and is therefore provided separately.

For contact details, please see the following link: 

4.1 Bangladesh Government Contact List