The Daily star Editorial : 14-02-16
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প্রথমে শব্দার্থগুলো পড়ে নিন
Completion:সম্পূর্ণতা, সমাপ্তি অবস্থা
Overrun: বিস্তৃত হওয়া, পদদলিত করা (Expand, amplify)
Carriageway:রাস্তার যে অংশ দিয়া যানবাহন চলাচল করে
Plagued by : আক্রান্ত হওয়া
Escalation: ধাপে ধাপে বৃদ্ধি পাওয়া।
Stupendous:বিস্ময়কর, বিপুল, বৃহদাকার ( Colossal, enormous)
Disheartening:হৃদয়ভঙ্গ করা, মনোবল ভঙ্গ করা, নিরুৎসাহিত করা ( Depress, discourse)
Constant:ধ্রুব, নিত্য, নিয়মিত।
Earthwork:বাঁধ, মাটি দ্বারা তৈরী কাঠামো। Contractor:ঠিকাদার,( leaseholder, undertaker)
Squander: উড়ানো, খরচ করা (Waste)
Revise : সংশোধন করা, পুনরালোচন
Major highways near completion
But why the time and cost overrun?
It is good to know that work on two major highways, i.e. Dhaka-Chittagong and Dhaka-Mymensingh, being converted to dual-carriageways is near completion. Whilst that is the good news, both projects have been plagued by repeated failure to meet deadlines for completion and the cost escalation has been stupendous. The highwayconnecting Dhaka to the port city of Chittagong is arriving three years late and project cost has risen nearly 2.5 times to Tk 3,800 crore. And the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway has taken two years more and final project cost is double the original estimate of Tk 904 crore.
We find it disheartening to see that this has become very much the norm in practically all major infrastructure projects in the country. There has been constant delay in implementation due to lack of proper planning. Why couldn’t sourcing of various construction materials be done with proper contracts management prior to the start of such major projects? Running out of soil for earthwork, crisis in procuring stones for roadwork and so on, point to a contractor which is either not up to the task of managing such projects or there is a lack of coordination between the contractor and the department looking after highways.
The benefits of these two expanded highwaysare obvious. It will allow for faster movement of goods and people and facilitate trade and tourism. Yet, at the end of the day, it is ultimately the tax payers’ money that is squandered when such essential infrastructure projects continually miss deadlines and project costs are revised upward.