BD Post report

The Payra deep sea port is opening up a new horizon for the country’s global trade and commerce.

The work, to implement the massive project is going on in full swing at Lalua Union under Kalapara upazila in Patuakhali.

The first terminal of the port was scheduled to be completed by 2021, but port authorities claim, considering the pace of construction work, it will be possible to complete by the end of 2019.

The government has prepared the master plan and design of the Payra deep-sea port by engaging Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.

Under the consultancy job, Buet prepared estimated costs of all the 19 components of the project.

Of the 19 components of the project, 13 components are being implemented under foreign direct investment, and the rest under the government-to-government deals with an estimated cost between $11 billion and $15 billion.

According to techno-feasibility study prepared by British firm HR Wallingford & Consortium, the Payra port will require around 7,000 acres of land. Of the land, 6,000 acres will be used for port development, 500 acres for coal terminal and the rest for resettlement of people affected by construction of the port.

Project officials said so far around Tk 700 crore had been spent on various purposes of the mega project.

Sources from the port authorities said, implementation of the project is going on dividing the work into three parts.

Aiming to kick-start the port activities partially in 2019, construction of the port’s necessary infrastructure is continuing unabated.

Port sources said the first terminal of Payra deep sea port will be 600 metres long. All kinds of infrastructural facilities necessary for unloading materials from big ships will be available at the terminal.

A bridge on Andharmanik River, connecting roads surrounding the port, and other related facilities will be constructed in this connection.

Four-lane roads will be built connecting the sea port with rest of the country. The scenario of the locality will completely change once the project is fully implemented.

Payra deep sea port director Mahiuddin Ahmed told Bangladesh post: “A large amount of coal and stone will come to the country by sea for the country’s coal-based power plants, and for the construction of Padma Multipurpose Bridge. To load and unload bulk products from huge ships, implementation of the project is a must.”

Observing that the port will contribute to the national exchequer earning foreign currency, he said, “Loading and unloading of bulk products and heavy construction materials from ships will start within 2019.”

Payra sea port is a strategically important project for Bangladesh. For the time being, the port is being put into operation with transportation of goods on waterways only. It will be connected to a dual-gauge rail line and a four-lane highway within the next three and a half years.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the construction work of the deep sea port.

Notably, the initiative to construct the country’s 3rd sea port was taken by the shipping ministry as per the instruction of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2012.