The gateway to North Bengal is Hatikumrul Roundabout in Sirajganj. Every day, 12 to 15 thousand vehicles from 22 districts of the North and South-West region travel through this intersection. Traffic jams often occur here due to the pressure of vehicles. Which increases several times before and after Eid.
An international standard scenic interchange is being constructed at Hatikumrul Roundabout to ease traffic congestion and prevent accidents. Piling work is going on after land acquisition. Those concerned said that if the project is implemented, there will be no traffic congestion at this crossroads entering the northern region. Speed will come in road communication.
Drishnandan Interchange will have separate lanes for vehicles, with separate lanes for slow moving vehicles. Besides walkways for pedestrians, the project has several bridges, culverts, underpasses and flyovers. There will be CCTV security throughout the area.
Transport officials say that during Eid, there is a huge traffic jam from Bangabandhu Bridge to Hatikumrul Roundabout. It is a high quality interchange. After the completion of the project, this northern entrance will not suffer from traffic congestion. Agricultural products will reach the destination quickly.
Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Bangabandhu Setu West Police Station Abdul Quader Jilani said that the lanes in Pabna, Bogra and Sirajganj will be used by separate vehicles. In that case it would be a spectacular interchange. And due to this interchange, the accidents that used to happen in that area will be reduced to a great extent.
The OC said that if there was a lot of traffic, there would have been a traffic jam of 2 to 3 hours. As this interchange has 6 lanes, most of the people will be able to go to their destination without any hassle.
Meanwhile, the project officials said that the work of the modern interchange will be completed quickly while maintaining the quality standards. Hatikumrul Interchange Project Manager Mahbubul Alam said, ‘There is a component called Intelligence Transport System (ITS) in this project. Through this, cameras will be installed in each lane and we will be able to detect the size, occupancy, license of each vehicle.
A Chinese contractor is constructing the interchange at a cost of around 738 crore rupees. The work is scheduled to be completed by December 2025.