Government taking various steps to exploit the immense potentials of riverine routes, adds the minister
As part of the move to develop the country’s shipping sector, the government has started building 45 terminal pontoons for different river ports in the country.
State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury inaugurated the construction work on the pontoons at Ananda Shipyard at Meghnaghat in Dhaka on Sunday.
“The government wants to expand the shipping sector utilizing the blue economy. The government has taken the initiative to set up 45 terminal pontoons at different river ports to improve passenger services,” he said.
He also said the current government has been taking various steps to exploit the immense potentials of riverine Bangladesh.
Khalid said the government is also working to remove the barriers to flourishing the country’s economy and enhancing investment.
“A healthy and investment friendly atmosphere is now prevailing in the country.”
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) Chairman Commodore M Mahbub Ul Islam was present at the program.
He said BIWTA has taken the initiative for building 45 specialized terminal pontoons spending Tk98 crore, and has signed an agreement with Ananda Shipyard in this regard.
As per the agreement, the terminal pontoons--each 100feet in length, 32feet wide and 7.5feet in depth--will be prepared for installation by December 2020.
Of the total 45 pontoons, 15 will be installed at Sadarghat river port, four each at Lalkuthi ghat, Narayanganj port, and Chandpur port, three each at Wiseghat, Bhola port, Patuakhali port, two each at Fatullah Launch ghat, Jhalakathi launch ghat and one each at Mirkadim port, Hularhat launch ghat, Barguna port and Khulna river port.