Construction works of 3rd Karnaphuli Bridge starts next year: Quader

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said the construction works of the proposed 3rd Karnaphuli Bridge will start next year under the financial assistance of Republic of Korea. “Discussion is going on with the Korean authorities to construct the bridge road over Karnaphuli River,’ he said while talking to the journalists when visiting the construction works of eight kilometer long approach Bahaddarhat to Patiya Crossing yesterday morning.

Kuwait Fund for Arabic Economic Development is financing Taka 396 crore for this six-line eight kilometers long approach road and Bangladesh Roads and Highways Department is implementing the project, he added. Quader, also general secretary of Awami League, said government has taken decision to introduce metro rail network in the port city and its feasibility study is going on.

“It’s a good news for the residents of Chattogram that the government has taken an initiative to construct metro rail,” he said. He also said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed him to begin the feasibility study of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) lines and he has asked all concerned to start it soon. City Mayor AJM Nasiruddin and the former Chairman of CDA Abdus Salam accompanied the minister during the visit at Shah Amanat Bridge areas.