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Finance minister: Service charge not major issue in India transit issue

  • Published at 10:46 pm December 12th, 2019
AHM Mustafa Kamal
File photo of Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal Courtesy

The Cabinet body meeting approved three procurement proposals related to the development of road facilities 

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal has said service charge is not the main issue in providing transit and other facilities to India.

“We do not consider the service charge as the main issue…this is one component. There are more issues to be considered,” he said while briefing reporters on the outcome of a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase at the Secretariat on Thursday.

The Cabinet body meeting, held with the finance minister in the chair, approved three procurement proposals related to the development of road facilities from Ashuganj river port to Akhaura land port, reports UNB.  

Mustafa Kamal said the government considers some more issues like Bangladesh export promotion to India’s northern states known as seven sisters.

He said India provides financial support to Bangladesh through the Line of Credit (LoC) for those projects which are beneficial for both the countries.

The minister informed that the government is implementing a project to upgrade the two-lane road from Ashuganj to Akhaura into a four-lane one at a cost of around Tk3567.85 crore under different packages.

Of these, contract for the package-1 for upgrading a 12km portion of Ashuganj river port-Sarail-Dharkhar-Akhaura land port road was awarded to Indian contractor Afcons Infrastructure Ltd at a contract value of Tk572.45 crore while the package-2 of 27.05kms to the same company at a contract value of Tk1,873.55 crore.

The consultancy work of the same project was awarded to Indian state-owned company Rites Ltd along with its local joint venture partner Modern Engineering Planners and Consultants at Tk117.65 crore.

The meeting approved a proposal to award contract to Japanese firm TOA Corporation to develop the Japanese Economic Zone in Araihazar upazila of Narayanganj at a cost of Tk1081.45 crore.

The committee approved a Home Ministry’s proposal to award a contract to the existing supplier to supply 2 million additional booklets for machine readable passports (MRPs) and same quantity of lamination foils at a cost of Tk53.04 crore.

UK-based company De la Rue is now engaged to supply the MRPs.