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Chattogram, Dhaka, Ashuganj region’s river routes to be strengthened

| Updated: May 15, 2022 15:39:10


Chattogram, Dhaka, Ashuganj region’s river routes to be strengthened

The Ministry of Shipping has signed two deals to dredge river routes aiming to strengthen capacity of Chattogram-Dhaka-Ashuganj corridor.

An agreement signing ceremony for dredging Chattogram-Dhaka-Ashuganj and connected river routes and establishing terminal along with other establishments funded by World Bank was held on Saturday at Hotel Radisson in the capital.

State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury was present at the program as the chief guest while Project Director and Additional Chief Engineer of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority Md Ayub Ali signed the deal with Gulf Cobla-Karnaphuli joint venture and Dharti-Banga joint venture's representatives.

According to the deal, the contractors will carry out excavation for development and protection of 13 river routes involving Tk 4.30 billion, reports UNB.

Under the project, 900 kilometres waterways will be excavated, cyclone shelters will be constructed for vessels in six places, conservation dredging will be done in three ferry crossing zones, four passenger and cargo terminals, 15 landing stations will be established and two multipurpose vessels will be procured.

Shatnal, Charbhairabi, Chandpur, Mehendiganj, Sandwip, and Nalchira are the primarily selected places to build the cyclone centres. Chandpur-Sharaitpur, Lakshmipur-Bhola, Bheduria-Laharhat ferry crossings will be dredged and conserved.

About 80 per cent of the country's inland vessels operate through Chattogram-Dhaka-Ashuganj corridor and about two lakh passengers use these routes daily.

BIWTA will implement the project and the deadline for completing the project has been fixed on December 31, 2025. Estimated cost of this project is Tk 33.49 billion. Of which Tk 30.53 billion will be provided by World Bank as project assistance and Tk 2.97 billion by the Government of Bangladesh.

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