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Dhaka Elevated Expressway Update | Uplift Bangladesh
The elevated expressway is being connected to the third terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. Non-stop work is continuing to finish the work on time. Project stakeholders said that with the launch of Dhaka Elevated Expressway, the connection between the north and south of Dhaka city will be easier, traffic capacity will increase, travel time will be reduced and travel will be made comfortable. In today's video we will see the progress of construction work from Tejgaon to the airport and inform the details of the whole project.

 

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The movement of local vehicles on the Patenga Coastal area in Chittagong is considered to be a major obstacle to the movement of vehicles on the Outer Ring Road. Which will hamper the purpose of the much anticipated Karnaphuli Tunnel project. And to overcome this obstacle, new projects have been taken at a cost of more than a thousand crore taka. The initiative has been taken through several initiatives including construction of a sub road.

 

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I will post some videos today of the local informal sector of bus body manufacturing. Public transport especially bus chassis was dependent on local assembly from imported CKD kits, sometimes inter-city luxury buses were dependent on entire package imported like High-Deck Laksana/Scania buses from Indonesia and Double Decker buses from Malaysia.

However local luxury buses especially High-Deck and sometimes Double-Decker bodies are increasingly now being made entirely in Bangladesh (some very similar to Laksana/Scania type style, but based on smaller Hino Single Axle Chassis) in the informal sector. Acquisition costs (and of course fares) are decreasing and specialized bodies like sleeper coaches and High-Deck A/C coaches are getting very popular with the transport companies now.

IMHO instead of copying Laksana bodies, Bangladeshi bus manufacturers and workshops should contact companies in Spain and Holland like SETRA to get CAD enabled designs for locally used HINO and other chassis which suit local conditions. Or better yet, have local CAD consulting companies (there are plenty) collaborate with these reputed bus companies for CAD designs on fee basis.

Pardon the messy road and workshop conditions, the places where these are made are not exactly prime property.

Locally made Hybrid Bus

Smaller Laksana Copy but single rear axle and with Hino Chassis, Sleeper Coach style


Some older formerly single rear axle buses are also being converted to HighDeck Aerodynamic A/C style. (repetitive video)

Hanif Transport making buses in their own garages
 
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A new distributor for IVECO in Bangladesh



A new distributor for IVECO in Bangladesh

IVECO is expanding its operation in Bangladesh by appointing Runner Trading Limited (RTL) as its new distributor in the market. The brand is also introducing a full range of vehicles and services to provide complete solutions for the country’s commercial vehicles industry.

IVECO, a global leader in on- and off-road transport signed a distributorship agreement on October 1 with Runner Trading Limited (RTL), a subsidiary of Runner Group, one of the major commercial vehicle distributors in Bangladesh.

In the past years, IVECO vehicles have gained a reputation in the marketplace as the preferred choice of many government agencies, having won numerous tenders. The appointment of RTL is a part of the brand’s vision and long-term strategy to expand and supply high-quality vehicles to its customers in Bangladesh.

RTL complements IVECO’s product portfolio by offering a full range of after-sales services and supplying genuine spare parts through its local network, comprising two facilities, one in Dhaka and the other in Chittagong. Thanks to this agreement, IVECO’s product offering in Bangladesh will initially include the Trakker trucks for long haul logistics and construction sectors; the 682 trucks in the heavy segment and the Daily in the light commercial segment for high-end city transportation.

Michelangelo Amelia, Business Director for IVECO South East Asia and Japan, stated that the brand was delighted to have found a reliable and committed partner in RTL for Bangladesh.

“Bangladesh is a fast-growing market whose economic growth is highly boosting demand for commercial vehicles. The development of heavy industries and the improvement of new infrastructure as well as the growing population are just some of the drivers for the increased demand for goods transport vehicles and commercial passenger vehicles, such as buses.

IVECO, with its European roots and established legacy, aims to support the country’s development by supplying high-quality vehicles. We are confident that discerning fleet, transport operators and business owners in this country will appreciate the proven quality, durability, reliability and, most importantly, the cost-efficiency of our vehicles, whose technology has been proven on roads around the world and in the most extreme conditions,” said Mr. Amelia.

Broad product offering for Bangladeshi customers
The IVECO Trakker is designed for the most extreme off-road missions such as quarry and construction. It is built to withstand constant stress and to deliver strong performance with low Total Cost of Ownership. The Trakker is designed to operate tirelessly in all weather conditions and on all terrains – including the tough off-road conditions typical of the construction and mining industries. Starting from the extra strong steel frame, every single component is chosen for durability. The proven IVECO Cursor engine delivers long-lasting power and resistance. This vehicle combines robustness, reliability and efficiency to deliver high productivity.

The IVECO 682 represents the optimal solution between cost efficiency and strength, supported by the brand’s highly advanced technology and quality standards. The 682 articulated and rigid on-road cabs are available both in Sleeper (high and low roof) and Day versions ensuring great comfort and living area. The versatility and strong nature of this vehicle makes it the perfect solution for every kind of mission, including off-road conditions.

The IVECO Daily has built a strong reputation for innovation, strength and great customer satisfaction in its over 40 years of success. The Daily Minibus combines all the latest advantages of the Daily, from the advanced connectivity and assisted driving features, reliability and versatility that are the hallmark of this vehicle family.

It can be mentioned here that Pak Adam Motors in Pakistan is the assembler/dealer of IVECO and there is also a assembly point in Mumbai for the Indian market (not sure for either buses/trucks or both).

IVECO also offers the Centauro II wheeled tanks from the Iveco-Oto Melara consortium JV which has started to supply the Italian Army - of which the first ten were supplied to the tune of 159 million Euro, which includes the procurement of vehicles, equipment, and logistics, and is the first tranche of a planned procurement of 136 vehicles.

 

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Bangladesh' first smart city being built in Jolshiri Abashon - being built by the Army Corps of Engineers so expecting high standard civil engg. work (as evidenced at north of Dhaka Cantt.) quick progress and completion. This will essentially be another Defence Housing Society - or, DOHS (as we call these here in Bangladesh). The difference is that it will have a large CBD in the middle - as shown below.



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Location details and cheesy animation :-)

My gripe is that they could've made the mosque far more modern than what is shown. But things have probably changed as this is a five year old video above.

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Bangladesh' first smart city being built in Jolshiri Abashon - being built by the Army Corps of Engineers so expecting high standard civil engg. work (as evidenced at north of Dhaka Cantt.) quick progress and completion. This will essentially be another Defence Housing Society - or, DOHS (as we call these here in Bangladesh). The difference is that it will have a large CBD in the middle - as shown below.



Intro videos

Location details and cheesy animation :-)

My gripe is that they could've made the mosque far more modern than what is shown. But things have probably changed as this is a five year old video above.

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What is cbd?
 

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Our Airports are more protected & secured as Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) have introduced most advanced Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Vehicles.

Navana Interlinks Limited recently delivered one of three of this ARFF to CAAB for Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka which has been taken care of by Navana Logistics Limited.

Another two are for Osmani International Airport, Sylhet ‍and Saidpur Airport. Those will be arriving soon.

The Rosenbauer PANTHER is one of the most successful, efficient, and flexible ARFF vehicles worldwide. Its multi-award-winning design and powerful performance make it one of the most modern fire fighting vehicle in the world today.



 

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Jan de Nul (International sea dredging firm) has started shipping channel dredge work with cutter suction dredge at Payra Port.



 

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Bashundhara Bitumen starts production, will reduce imports in massive quantities. Timely start means new road maintenance using local bitumen supply will be enabled significantly.

 

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Dhaka Metro Rail current status...drone video. Loved it. Shows how crowded (like HK) Dhaka is.

 

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