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Bahir Dar City initiates corridor dev’t program

Addis Ababa, June 18, 2024 (FBC) – The Bahr Dar City Administration, the capital of the Amhara regional state, has officially launched the Corridor Development Program in the presence of the region’s chief administrator, Mr. Arega Kebede and other regional officials.

As part of the national initiative aimed at enhancing the livability of cities for its residents, the design studies related to the corridor development of Bahir Dar city have been completed.

During the launch ceremony, Chief Administrator Arega Kebede emphasized that the corridor development program will transform and revitalize cities in the Amhara region, making them competitive, while preserving their historical and cultural values.

He noted that the project will enable cities to adapt to current urban development trends in the world, while remaining convenient for residents.

Arega also highlighted the economic benefits of the program, stating that by creating modern, investment-friendly cities to visitors and residents alike, the Amhara region can become more attractive to investors. As a result, the corridor development program has the potential to generate substantial economic returns.

He emphasized that the successful implementation of the Corridor Development Program in Bahir Dar City requires the cooperation of all stakeholders, including city leadership at all levels. Arega noted that the program’s effectiveness will not only benefit Bahir Dar but also serve as a model for fellow cities in the Amhara region.

The chief administrator expressed gratitude to the Addis Ababa city administration for sharing their experience and contributing to the preparation of the project design, which will be implemented in Bahir Dar.

This collaboration underscores the importance of knowledge sharing and cooperation among cities in achieving common goals and maximizing the benefits of urban development initiatives in Ethiopia, it was indicated.

Note that the Addis Ababa city administration has already launched its corridor development project only a few months ago and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed recently inaugurated the Piassa-Arat Kilo route, which was completed on schedule. Following the inauguration, Prime Minister Abiy revealed that the project will be implemented in other cities across the country.

In this context, the commencement of the corridor development program in Bahir Dar will continue to be rolled out in other regional cities, as confirmed by Chief Administrator Arega. This initiative underscores the government’s commitment to transforming urban areas and improving the quality of life for residents through sustainable development initiatives.

The project launched in Bahir Dar today outlines specific guidelines for building heights, colors, roadside development, and includes features such as bicycle and pedestrian paths, taxi and bus parking lots, modern toilets, lodgings, cafes, and others.

First Deputy Mayor of Bahir Dar City Administration, Mr. Goshu Endalamaw, emphasized the importance of collaboration in achieving the city’s corridor development project.

He noted that regional institutions, investors, volunteers, various philanthropists, and all sections of society need to work together to ensure the successful implementation of the initiative. It is said that this collective effort underscores the significance of community involvement and partnerships in driving urban development and improving the quality of life for residents.

The corridor development project in Bahir Dar city is expected to span a total distance of 22 kilometers.

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