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23 April, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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PAYRA PORT TERMINALS

Deals with 3 Korean firms today

Special Correspondent, Dhaka

The shipping ministry has raised questions about the survey reports of some international research organisations regarding the viability of the Payra seaport due to rapid siltation. The government has decided to construct two terminals, including three berths, for the Payra seaport, the third seaport of the country at Kalapara of Patuakhali, by 2021, at a cost of Tk 3982.10 crore after carrying out extensive studies.

The Payra Port Authority (PPA) will sign agreements with three Korean companies today (Tuesday) in this regard at the shipping ministry in the presence of state minister for shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury. The Korean companies are Kunhwa Engineering & Consulting Company Limited, Daeyoung Engineering Company Limited and Heerim Architects & Planners Company Limited.

Shipping secretary Abdus Samad said that siltation happened in every seaport around the world, including the Chattogram and Mongla seaports of the country. So, there is nothing to be worried about siltation at the Payra seaport as all the ports are maintained by employing maintenance dredging round the year, he added.

Researchers from Germany, Belgium and Bangladesh recently conducted a survey, which says that the channel gets filled with silt every year due to high and low tides and it would require about Tk 80–100 billion each time to dredge the channel.

“We have taken the decision to construct the Payra seaport after preparing study reports. So, the survey on Payra regarding its viability due to siltation is questionable regarding its authenticity and acceptability,” Abdus Samad said in reply to a query.

Normally, silt comes from the upstream, which is very natural, he noted. “Maintenance dredging is a continuous process to keep port areas navigable,” he added.

Mentioning Chattogram and Mongla ports’ siltation, the shipping secretary said they were being kept operational by regular dredging. He also said the government had undertaken several plans, including construction of power plants in Payra port areas, as per study reports.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated operations of Bangladesh’s third seaport at Kalapara of Patuakhali on a limited scale on August 16, 2016, though she had laid the foundation stone of the seaport on November 19, 2013.

According to shipping secretary, the shipping ministry has appointed Kunhwa Engineering & Consulting Company Limited as consultants to ensure the project’s rapid implementation. The chairman of Payra Port Authority (PPA), Commodore M Jahangir Alam, will sign the agreements on behalf of PPA, while Kunhwa Engineering & Consulting Company Limited president Jeong Laenoh, Daeyoung Engineering Company Limited director Dae Jinkim and Heerim Architects & Planners Company Limited country manager Eun Sangjo will sign the agreements on behalf of their respective companies.

According to sources, the contractors will have to complete the construction works within 36 months from the date of signing the agreements. Construction of the Payra seaport is one of the government’s 10 fast-track projects.

The port, which is now being developed on 2,428 hectares (6,000 acres) of land, will help establish new industries, particularly those belonging to the export processing and shipbuilding sectors, and generate employment.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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