The government has taken initiative to implement the plan of constructing at least two terminals, six berths and conservation of 10.50 meter deep channel under the mid-term planning by 2021 of the Payra Port. An amount of Tk 3982.10 crore has been allocated in the ECNEC to implement the above mentioned works within the year 2021. With this aim in view, the Payra Port Authority (PPA) is signing an agreement today (Tuesday) with three Korean companies (Joint venture) to appoint them as Consultants.
The companies are, 'Kunha Engineering and Consulting Company Limited', 'Daeyong Engineering Company Limited' and Herim Architects and Planners Company Limited. Shipping Ministry sources said Chairman of PPA, Commodore M. Jahangir Alam and President of Kunha Engineering and Consulting Company, Jiong Lanoh, Director of 'Daeyong Engineering Company Limited', Dae Jinkim and Country Manager of Herim Architects and Planners Company Limited, Yun Sangzo will sign the agreement on behalf of the respective organisations.
State Minister for shipping, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury will attend the signing ceremony as chief guest to be held at the conference room of the ministry of Shipping, Bangladesh Secretariat.
Sources said the adoption of a Detail Master Plan of 'Payra Port', spending Tk 125 crore is under active process and will be done within the next 18 month in participation of a total of 90 experts from home and abroad. Netherlands based technology company, 'Royal Haskning DHV in association with BUET and Inspection and Consultation Bureau of BRTC will work as consulting organisations for preparing a technical and well designed master plan.
Port sources said the location of all establishments including terminal through topography and other survey will be identified in the master plan on 6500 acre of land, already acquired for the port.
Sources also said it will be possible to implement the mid-term and long-term planning that has already been undertaken for development of the port preferentially basing on the report of master plan.
It will be possible to provide port service in foreign trade in internationally recognized way and competitive price by following the development technology guided by the master plan, so the report of master plan will play important role in adopting socio-economic development plan and developing infrastructure in the Southern part of the country. Besides, under long-term planning transshipment container terminal, deepwater container terminal, offshore terminal/supply base, core port infrastructure, renewable energy production, housing education health facilities, tow-tugs, internal ferry terminal etc will be constructed phase by phase.
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