Concerned authorities, officials and other stakeholders are working round the clock to complete the construction work of the third terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) within the stipulated time.
State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mahbub Ali has expressed satisfaction over the work progress while expecting that the terminal could be made available for public use within the predetermined time.
"After land development works, piling work is now going on in full swing. The overall progress of the project is 6.4 percent which is satisfactory", said State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mahbub Ali while inspecting the progress of construction work of the third terminal and the newly constructed building at the internal terminal of HSIA on Sunday.
He was accompanied by Senior Secretary of the ministry Md Mahibul Haque, Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) Air Vice Marshal Md Mofidur Rahman and other senior officials.
The state minister went on to say, "Despite the threat posed by coronavirus, construction work of the third terminal did not stop even for a day. Following proper health guidelines, the work is in progress. We are hopeful that we will be able to open the terminal for passenger movement within the stipulated time."
"The country's aviation sector is moving forward with an indomitable pace under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Apart from the construction of the state-of-the-art third terminal at HSIA, the development work of Sylhet MAG Osmani International Airport and Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong is also underway", Mahbub Ali added.
However, while replying to a question regarding the confusion surrounding some changes in the design, Mahbub said, "No changes are being made to the existing design of the third terminal. Due to the soil condition of the construction site, work is being done on bore piling instead of screw piling. This is a technical matter."
"Due to this, the project cost will not increase in any way, rather the total project cost will be saved by Tk 750 crore. With the money saved, there are plans to build 14 more boarding bridges and a VVIP terminal complex in addition to the 12 boarding bridges to be built at the third terminal, subject to the consent of the government and JICA and the settlement of other legal procedures", he concluded.