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World Bank introduces its initial plan to enhance road safety in South Asia

The World Bank (WB) has initiated its first-ever project dedicated solely to road safety in South Asia, with a financial agreement of USD 358 million signed with the government of Bangladesh in Dhaka.


  • The project aims at reducing fatalities and injuries caused by road crashes in high-risk highways, district roads and selected cities.

  • The project will focus on two national highways in Bangladesh, namely Gazipur-Elenga (N4) and Natore-Nawabganj (N6).

What will all be covered in the World Bank Road Safety Project?

  • The project will introduce comprehensive road safety measures, such as improved engineering designs, pedestrian facilities, emergency care, speed enforcement, and proper signboards in order to reduce road traffic deaths by over 30 percent on these two highways.
  • Additionally, the project will also include construction of road signs, footpaths, speed breakers, zebra crossings, dividers, and bus bays in the five Bangladeshi divisions, namely Dhaka, Khulna, Rajshahi, Rangpur, and Mymensingh to reduce accidents and fatalities.
  • The project will establish an ambulance service, including bike ambulances with a toll-free number, which will quickly take the road crash victims to the hospitals. Furthermore, the project will upgrade trauma care facilities in selected district hospitals and Upazila Health Complexes.
  • In order to control the speed of the vehicles, the project will install CCTV cameras on roads and create an electronic messaging system.
  • The project will also provide for patrol vehicles and crash site cleaning equipment. Lastly, the project is designed to strengthen institutions to manage road safety effectively across the country, in addition to supporting the Bangladeshi government.

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  • World Bank President : Ajay Banga assumed office as the 14th President of the World Bank Group on June 2, 2023, following his selection for the position. Prior to his new role, he held the position of Vice Chairman at General Atlantic.
  • World Bank Headquarter: Washington D.C

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