Jahidul Islam, a Jatrabari resident, working for a private organization who regularly goes to his office over Hanif Flyover at Farmgate. He was on his motorbike yesterday morning as usual. The tyres of his bike were cramped at an expansion joint prompting a minor accident in which he was slightly hurt.
Such accidents on Mayor Mohammad Hanif Flyover have become quite frequent due to over speeding and jaywalking. Nearly 200 hundred accidents took place on the overpass leaving 40 dead and 150 seriously injured. Police statistics show that 1 to 3 people die in road accident on the flyover.
However, the experts are critical from the beginning about the faulty expansion joint, illegal bus stand on the overpass and stairways those are not in flyover design.
They demanded to repair the flows alongside introducing digitized system to check the over speedy vehicles. Prof Shamsul Haque of BUET said: "Currently there is no arrangement on the flyover to control the speedy vehicles on the overpass.
The expansion joints connecting the concrete joints are prompting mishaps, especially bike accidents. The expansion joint on roads and bridges are supposed to keep measured. However, the Hanif Flyover expansion joints have nearly one inch gap, which make riders vulnerable especially after a brief shower."
Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon, regarding this, said that they have discussed the matter with the construction company of the flyover. "We have issued a letter to the company to specify the reasons of accidents on it and to take measures as accordingly.
The company is yet to reply," he said. However, the construction company Orion Group washed their hand and said some foreign company drafted the design of the flyover. "The city authority has consulted with a US company and Orion also designated a Canadian firm to check the flaws. There is no believable reason of any fault of the flyover," Orion group defended.