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Mega projects being closely monitored by Prime Minister

29 Mar 2017

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The Sheikh Hasina-led government, after assuming power for the second consecutive term in January 2014, undertook a number of mega projects to transform Bangladesh’s future and change the course of national progress.

To accelerate growth and development of the country some of these projects have been put under fast-track scheme by the Prime Minister who is personally monitoring their implementation.

 

The Sheikh Hasina-led government, after assuming power for the second consecutive term in January 2014, undertook a number of mega projects to transform Bangladesh’s future and change the course of national progress. To accelerate growth and development of the country some of these projects have been put under fast-track scheme by the Prime Minister who is personally monitoring their implementation.
From Padma Multipurpose Bridge to the country’s first ever nuclear power plant, and the deep sea port are some of the dream projects rolled out by the Prime Minister to accelerate the wheels of national progress and create employment opportunities.

 

As the government has given top priority to the fast-track mega projects, an amount of US $ 2.3 billion has been set aside from the national budget last year especially for their speedy implementation. A booklet titled “Mega Projects in Transforming Infrastructure: New Dimension in Accelerating Growth” was placed in Parliament along with the proposed budget. The booklet outlined different aspects, financing and implementation of the “economy transforming” projects which will cost a total of around $ 20.5 billion.

 

Padma Multipurpose Bridge: With more than one-fourth already accomplished, the dream for the largest and the longest infrastructure undertaking in Bangladesh – Padma Multipurpose Bridge – has started to appear as a distinct reality now. Entirely a self-funded project worth $ 3.65 billion the bridge is likely to be opened for traffic by 2018. The first consignment of spans required for the 6.15 km superstructure of the bridge reached Mawa site from China in August. Overall implementation progress as of now marked 37 per cent. 65 per cent work of the approach road at Jajira point and 73 per cent at the Mawa point have been completed. This earthquake and flood resistant  mega project is a symbol of hope and pride for the nation.

 

Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant: 2400 megawatt Rooppur Nuclear Power Project has made significant progress. $ 12.65 billion financing agreement has been entered into with Russia. The first and second agreements of the project covering feasibility evaluation, environmental impact assessment, engineering survey, technical documentation and working documentation have been completed. On July 26 last year Bangladesh and Russia signed $ 11.38 billion loan agreement paving the way for the main construction of the dream project. Bangladesh has been sending 20 students every year for the past three years to Russia to receive training on how to run the nuclear power plant. Russian state company Rosatom began working at Rooppur in mid 2013 and is currently undertaking a techno-feasibility study under half-a billion dollar loan. Rosatom’s sister concern Atomenergoproekt which is undertaking the feasibility study has recently floated a tender for engineering survey, environmental monitoring and development of project development for the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant site. The government expects the main construction of the nuclear reactor to start in early 2017 and complete by 2020.

From Padma Multipurpose Bridge to the country’s first ever nuclear power plant, and the deep sea port are some of the dream projects rolled out by the Prime Minister to accelerate the wheels of national progress and create employment opportunities.

 

Deep Sea Ports: The deep sea port at Sonadia of Cox’s Bazar will be implemented on a government-to government basis. A 10-member committee headed by Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister was formed to evaluate the proposals, and its construction work will start soon. A techno-economic study was carried out by Pacific Consultants International of Japan to construct the deep sea port.

 

To implement Payra deep sea port the government has signed a MoU with Belgian company Jan De Nul for an estimated $ 2 billion capital dredging and maintenance dredging. Given that the entire scheme was divided in 19 components, 13 components will be implemented under FDI and the remaining six under the government-to-government (G2G) deals. Meanwhile a British company HR Walligford has completed the feasibility study for Payra deep sea port. This would guide the government in finalizing the implementation plan. Meanwhile the government is reviewing the proposals received from China, UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark and India in this regard.

 

The government has set short-term, mid-term and long-term goals for the port. In short- term this year the government would facilitate outer anchoring of clinkering, fertilizer and other bulk ships. In mid-term the government would complete building a multipurpose and bulk terminal infrastructure by 2018 at a depth of 10 meter channel through dredging. By 2023 a full deep sea port facility of 16 meter channel is expected to become operational.

 

Matarbari Power Project: Since inception of this project in 2014, the government’s Coal Power Generation Company has acquired 1500 acre land for this cause. Ninety per cent boundary fencing of the project site has been completed. The appointment of a Project Consultant is being finalized. Works are well under way to complete the port site preparatory works and contracts for power evacuation and building a power substation. With a price tag of $ 4.6 billion this plant will come with its own deep sea port to facilitate import of coal. The project will be completed by 2021.

 

Mass Rapid Transit: With the aim of providing safe, affordable and modern means of transportation, this new urban public transport service promises to significantly reduce congestion in the capital Dhaka and prevent air pollution. The Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Project, official name of the metro rail scheme, stretches from Uttara to Motijheel. The expenditure involved is $ 2.5 billion. Half of the 20 km metro line is expected to be operational by the end of 2019. The entire metro rail route including all the 16 stations will be elevated. Only the depot will be on the ground from where the metro trains will be launched on elevated lines. A Japanese firm Tokyo Construction Ltd is carrying out the depot land development work. A total of 24 trains each having six air-conditioned coaches will transfer 60,000 passengers every hour on both directions. The project finalized as Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit is being implemented by the government-owned Dhaka Mass Transit Company Ltd with Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority as supervisor.




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