Three stairs at different points of Mayor Mohammad Hanif Flyover in Dhaka have been finally removed on Wednesday.
Orion Infrastructure Limited, the construction firm Hanif Flyover, has been working since Tuesday on removal of the stairs after the Apex court upheld an order of the High Court order that directed the authorities concerned to remove the stairs.
Earlier on July 11, the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) authorities blocked stairs face by fixing steel plate after an Appellate division bench upheld the HC order on Monday (July 10).
DSCC officials on Wednesday confirmed that three steel frame stairs have been cut into pieces and were removed from the spot partially on Wednesday.
Locals said that the more buses run over the flyover the more toll (Money) will be collected by the Flyover construction firm Orion. But many bus drivers usually avoid the flyover as they do not get enough passengers to carry.
In a bid to attract bus drivers to run theirs buses over the flyover, Orion Infrastructure Limited built three stairs along with the Hanif flyover in three different points of Jatrabari and Saydabad so that passengers can ride on a bus from their suitable point on the flyover, they added.
But the experts said, those stairs were harmful to the main structure of the Mayor Mohammad Hanif Flyover.
On May 31, the High Court in a suo moto move directed the relevant authorities to take necessary steps to remove all the stairs from Mayor Mohammad Hanif flyover. It also issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain in four weeks why they should not be directed to remove the stairs from the flyover.
Orion Infrastructure Limited filed a leave to appeal petition with the Supreme Court seeking stay on High Court order.
SC chamber judge on June 9 issued status quo on the removal of stairs set up on the flyover for entry and exit.
Later on July 10, a three-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, dismissed a leave to appeal petition filed by Orion Infrastructure Limited, the company that built the flyover, challenging the High Court order.
"I have seen that flyovers in China and Thailand are smooth. There is no obstruction in the flyovers," Deputy Attorney General SM Moniruzzaman quoted the chief justice as saying.
Orion Infrastructure Limited's lawyer Advocate Ahsanul Karim told that the stairs were built at different points of Mayor Mohammad Hanif Flyover for the benefit of the people.
However, experts said there should not be stairs in the flyovers as they can cause various difficulties in vehicular movement.
As the authorities concerned of the flyover set up two stairs at Jatrabari from where vehicles enter the flyover, they pose a huge risk. Furthermore, bus stoppages have been created at the points centering the stairs.