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12 January, 2017 00:00 00 AM
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KHAN JAHAN ALI AIRPORT

Govt awaits Indian firm’s proposal

DEEPAK ACHARJEE
Govt awaits Indian firm’s proposal

The civil aviation ministry is waiting for a proposal from an Indian company to build the Khan Jahan Ali Airport, which is dubbed as the government’s "most priority project" in Rampal under Bagerhat district.

An Indian firm, Larsen and Toubro Limited, which built the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, expressed their interest to construct the proposed airport on the Build Operate Transfer (BOT) or Build Own Operate (BOO) basis, said sources in the civil aviation ministry.
Civil aviation and tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon told this correspondent that they had asked the Indian firm to submit a concrete proposal to build the Khan Jahan Ali Airport. “After receiving the proposal, the authorities concerned, including the PPP authority, will scrutinise it and take necessary steps,” he said.
Menon said that nothing had been decided on when the construction work would start. The ministry had already served a notice for acquisition of land for the proposed airport, he added.
Speaking to The Independent, additional secretary (Biman and CA Wing) Abul Hasnat Md. Ziaul Haque said they had advised the Indian firm to submit a detailed proposal to the civil aviation ministry soon. “After we receive the proposal from the Indian company, we’ll decide whether it will be through Public Private Partnership (PPP) or under the revenue budget,” he added. 
“We’ll implement the priority project at any cost,” he asserted.
“The proposed airport will open a new horizon in economic development and industrialisation in the south-western region and boost tourism,” the official hoped. 
Sources said the Indian firm in their Expression of Interest (EOI) proposed to construct the project under joint venture and that they would conduct technical and economic survey at their own cost. The Indian company will build the proposed airport, 20km from Mongla Port, by arranging required funds, and it will operate the airport for 30 years if the government approves its proposal, they added. 
It will need three years to complete the construction work, the sources said.
The proposed Khan Jahan Ali Airport, about 20km off Khulna city, will be built at Foyla Bazar under Rampal upazila of Bagerhat district, beside the Khulna-Mongla highway.
The airport will be built on 536 acres at a cost of Tk. 544.75 crore as per the decision of the civil aviation ministry. Of the total amount, the government will provide Tk. 490 crore and the rest will be borne by the civil aviation authority.
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved the project on May 5, 2016 and it will be implemented by 2019.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during her visit to Khulna in March 2011 had promised to build an airport in the southwestern region of the country.

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