Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has disclosed a mega plan centring Payra Port in Patuakhali.
She made the disclosure while replying to a question from AKM Jahangir Hossain (Patuakhali-3) during her weekly question answer session in the Jatiya Sangsad on Wednesday, reports BSS.
The PM told the House that the work on infrastructural development on the Payra Port would be completed by 2023 while construction of three jetties of the port would be completed by 2018.
She said the infrastructural works of the port were divided into 19 components, of which, 2 components would be implemented by the Payra Port Authority with Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and on a G2G basis.
The government has already completed feasibility studies of these components and memorandum of understanding (MoU) will be signed with different organisations very soon, she said, adding that other seven components would be implemented by the concerned ministries.
The premier said the government has taken an initiative to establish an authority under the Housing and Public Works Ministry for integrated development of Payra, Kuakata, Taltali, Patharghata, Amtali and Rangabali.
A Land Based LNG Terminal would be constructed in the area adjacent to the Payra Port for which administrative approval was given for acquiring 200 acres of land for this purpose, she informed the House.
The prime minister said the Industries Ministry has taken steps for construction of shipbuilding and maintenance industries in Patuakhali district for which 6,100 acres of land have already been allocated.
The work on construction of two 660MW coal-based power plant at Dhankhali union of Kalapara upazila of Patuakhali district will be operational in 2019.
In the second phase, another power plant (630x2) would be constructed in the area with a 100 MW solar power plant and a 50 MW wind power plant on ash pond of the power plant, she said.
Payra Port would play an epoch making role in making the people of self-reliant through creating employment opportunities.