Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Bangladesh on Thursday held an information-sharing meeting virtually on a project titled “Improving the reliability and safety on national highway corridors of Bangladesh by introduction of ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems)”.
The overall project aim is to make road transport infrastructure of Bangladesh more safe, reliable, and sustainable; use ICT for better, efficient and effective traffic management; enhance the institutional capacity of RHD for road and traffic management and discuss the statement of work, project scope, timeline, deliverables in the project and future implementation plans with the Roads and Highways Department (RHD).
KOICA will support a budget of $8.9 million from 2020-2023 for establishment of ITS master plan, architecture and standard, implementation of pilot project, capacity building of RHD, RTHD and other relevant organizations of the government of Bangladesh.
Young-Ah Doh, County Director of KOICA said the transportation sector is the one of Korea’s development priority areas for Bangladesh.
Through this comprehensive support from Republic of Korea, Bangladesh can develop road and safety master plan along with establishment of effective road management system which will reduce time and accidents for much-needed improved road conditions in the country, said KOICA.
Md. Nazrul Islam, Roads Transport and Highways Division secretary, and Md. Abdus Safur, Chief Engineer of Roads and Highways Department, laid emphasis on close partnership with KOICA.
The Secretary said they have been working relentlessly to achieve the targets of Vision-2021, UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 and the goal of 2041, said a media release.
He also said this is a dream project for Bangladesh as ITS would be implemented for the very first time.
He requested to prepare a time-bound action plan to achieve the project goal.